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Chicken Pox Inside The Body
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
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Yes and no: A small percentage of vaccine recipients can and do break out a week or more after varicella vaccination.This is not the wild chickenpox but a manifestation of the weakened vaccine virus. Most have fewer than a dozen lesions, compared with an average 200-250 with wild chickenpox. Such an event does provide longlasting protection from the wild chickenpox. ...Read more
Damage by infection: The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the skin by baby's fingernails (from nose and mouth, which are chock-full of bacteria). The lesions that become bacteria-contaminated often have deeper skin damage, and that is what leads to the scarring-it's all about depth of injury, just like burns! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaccine rash: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since the weakened virus does not have the same potency.The blisters of wild cpx often average about 200 while with the vaccine rash often has less than 15.Protection from future cpx is assured. ...Read more
24 to 48 hours: There's a little debate about this point, but detergents, heat and dessication (drying) will kill it easily. However, if the surface is wet, the virus will survive longer, and it can survive on some surfaces for an extended period of time. There is debate about "sending it through the mail" on licked envelopes, and having it live in bedding. ...Read more
Not really: There are a few kids that receive this vaccine that will breakout with blisters, however this is not the wild chickenpox. Most have fewer than 50 lesions (cpx average is 200) and they can spread the virus, but it is the weakened vaccine virus that they have and can pass. This would give kids that picked it up a chance to have the vaccine protection without a shot. ...Read more
No, but : A few kids will develop an atypical vaccine response and have a few blisters come up. The blisters will contain viral particles that represent the weakened vaccine strain.These could be passed on by direct contact to an unvaccinated person.They would likely not have any outward symptoms but would then be immune as if s/he had been vaccinated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in Japan, the current CPx vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cpx, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good ...Read more
Vaccination: The chickenpox is contageous for about 24hrs before the rash comes out in in most cases.The virus is in the saliva/cough or spots. Any susceptible person living in the same household will likely get it because of the unrecognised early exposure.Incubation ranges 10-21 days.Isolation & hand washing might help but has minimal benefit,since a cough will launch the virus into the air. ...Read more
Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr.It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...Read more
Shot reaction: A percentage of the vaccine recipients may breakout with atypical chickenpox, which is not the same as wild disease. Since the virus involved has been weakened in the lab, these kids have fewer spots and none of the dreaded complications of the wild disease. They could pass the weakened virus to others, but it would only be a free exposure varicella vaccine & unlikely to cause a clinical outbreak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 24 hours: Vzv can survive outside the human body for up to 24 hours, but it may be less in inhospitable conditions. ...Read more
Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?
Shingles: Once you have had shingles, it means that you already had or were infected with chicken pox years before. Would be very rare to get chicken pox again. Shingles vaccine is always a good idea to reduce chance of repeat shingles in future or to at least reduce severity if it happened again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more
Cause and effect: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more
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