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Chicken Pox Stages
Chickenpox: Generally the lesions are considered no longer contagious when the blisters are gone and scabbed over. I would still use caution and avoid direct contact to be safe if one has not had varicella or chicken pox before ...Read more
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
I have varying stages of chicken pox all over my face, around 200.Can i wash face w/ mild soap & water?Or leave it alone so as not to infect d spots?
Can you pass chicken pox along to hospital patients (infants and children) during the early stages of shingles?
Chicken pox-no fun!: Chicken pox (varicella) is best treated with supportive care -- Acetaminophen for pain, and oral Benadryl at the appropriate dose for weight, aveeno oatmeal baths, and non-steroid anti-itch creams for the itch. Anti-viral medications are only indicated if someone has an immune deficiency or severe eczema. The best 'treatment' is prevention -- getting the chicken pox vaccine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you sure?: During childhood most people your age were vaccinated against varicella. Check with your parents on your personal vaccine history. Because so many of your peers have been vaccinated chickenpox has become an uncommon disease with most non-immune persons becoming infected from individuals with shingles. If you haven't been vaccinated do so soon. Chickenpox is a nasty illness in adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had chicken pox twice-at ages 5 & 16. Does this mean i can also catch them a third time? At 16 they were severe; would be even worse at 40.
Want to test ?: Many years ago kids were often labeled cpx for several forms of blistering illness because 2 million cases/yr occurred in the us and docs didn't want you coming to their office.Having it twice may or may not have really happened.Your pcp could do a blood test for antibodies and see if you showed protective levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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