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Chicken Pox How Long Do They Last
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more
Range of issues: The kid with chickenpox has been incubating it in his or her system for 10-21 days by the time it erupts.It erupst in waves of new blisters for a period of up to 6 days and is contagious from 24-48 hours prior to eruption until the last new blister dries.It then takes a week or two for most of the blisrer sites to fade some.The skin may look irregular for a year or more at the site of some lesions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Air not infected: Chicken pox is transmitted from someone with the disease sneezing or coughing in your face, or from the liquid inside of the blisters coming into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes. The air is not really infected. ...Read more
Blisters dry ~7dys: Blisters come up in crops over about 7 days.The kid is considered contageous until the last blister is dry, but the general period of 7 days from first blister + 1-2 days before. The blister wound will dry and heal primaiily that first 7 days. It may take 6 wks for the skin to feel smooth where the spots were, and the skin pigment may irregular for a year. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long will chicken pox last in a 17 year old? It's been 6 days and my pox have yet to completely burst
Resolves in 2 weeks: It scabs normally in 5 days after the vescicules are noticed.Since the vescicles come in crops,the first appearing will dry and scab first and the latest ones will be last to dry.It will take its course and you have to be patient about it.In older children and adults the rash is usually worse than in Children ...Read more
Hard to say: Since it has only been in wide use in the us since the mid 90's, we don't have enough long term data available to be sure.Most research suggests that completion of the two dose series will produce lifeling immmunity in >95% of recipients. ...Read more
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