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What's the probability that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox?

What's the probability that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox?

Varies : If the community has a good vaccination rate the chance of exposure is minimized. The vaccination is generally given first at 1 yr or later because earlier administration is not as dependable for providing long term protection. Avoiding unvaccinated kids or exposure to adults with shingles can help decrease risk of the disease.By the time a kid has spots, they have already been contagious > 24hrs. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

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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What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

Less than 5%...: ...According to the cdc, because most american children are now vaccinated against the disease. Most cases these days are in children age 4 or younger, either because they haven't been vaccinated (the first shot is usually given at age 1), or because they are in the small group (3%) who are vaccinated and get chickenpox anyway. ...Read more

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My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox.Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing.Y?Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks?Can antihistamine b given for itch?

My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox.Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing.Y?Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks?Can antihistamine b given for itch?

I'm concerned.: There are three possibilities. (1) it's not chicken pox. (2) it's chicken pox but your child's immune system isn't working correctly due to a congenital immune defect. (3) it was chicken pox (aka varicella) but there is a secondary infection. The most severe of these are caused by the same streptococcus ("strep") that causes sore throats. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My 1 year old developed a mild case of chicken pox from his varicella vaccination. What should I use for the itching?

My 1 year old developed a mild case of chicken pox from his varicella vaccination. What should I use for the itching?

Chicken Pox: Good for getting the vaccine- even if you get chicken pox, it is usually much milder! Making your child feel more comfortable is the main thing. Give tepid baths with baking soda or oatmeal powder to soothe itching. Prevent scratching when possible. Keep the skin clean, and cool. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (NO aspirin) Call your doc if there is high fever. ...Read more

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I m 20 years old. I never got chicken pox as a kid. I had taken a vaccine against it some years ago. Do i need to take another one?

I m 20 years old. I never got chicken pox as a kid. I had taken a vaccine against it some years ago. Do i need to take another one?

Possibly: When the vaccine was initially approved in the '90's in the us the original use recommended 2 doses for teens . If you had two doses at least 28 days apart you likely have protection. ...Read more

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It is possible that a 17 year old get the chicken pox?

It is possible that a 17 year old get the chicken pox?

Yes: A person of any age can get chickenpox if exposed & not immune. Most people at 17 today will have had either the vaccine or the wild chickenpox earlier in life if they had regular access to health care. Chickenpox at 17 is a nasty illness. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a five year old usually have chicken pox for?

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 more

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My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

Uncomfortable!: Chicken pox is a condition that is usually more uncomfortable than serious. In the US it's pretty rare because of the widespread use of a vaccine. If you have confirmed CP then your goal is to stay as comfortable as possible and treat fever or itching with appropriate meds. If you develop high fever or large areas of redness see ur doctor as strep infections can occur as a complication. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son just woke up with what appears to be chicken pox, are they common in March, any advice for a child this young, normal age for them?

My 5 year old son just woke up with what appears to be chicken pox, are they common in March, any advice for a child this young, normal age for them?

CP can be any time: of the year if he was exposed 7-21 days ago. Was he vaccinated for chickenpox?There is a vaccine recommended at age 1 year,then a booster at age 4.Vaccines are not always 100% effective, so it is possible for him to have it,even if vaccinated. It would look like red bumps, which then blister and then 1 day later scab.If that is what they look like,confirm with his doctor or consult us on HTPrime. ...Read more

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My three and a half year old son has chicken pox. I am pregnant. What do I do now ?

My three and a half year old son has chicken pox. I am pregnant. What do I do now ?

Depends: If you've had chicken pox yourself, don't worry, you're already protected. However, if you've never had chicken-pox or are not sure, call your OB asap. A varicella titer can be drawn, if you have no immunity, vzig (varicella zoster immune globulin) can be given if you're in time. A primary infection in pregnancy can be serious so call your doc now. ...Read more

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How long will chicken pox last in a 17 year old? It's been 6 days and my pox have yet to completely burst

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

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Should i be worried about my 2 year old 4 weeks ago he got ill had chicken pox but is still not eatin gettin temperatures and keeps crying ?

Should i be worried about my 2 year old 4 weeks ago he got ill had chicken pox but is still not eatin gettin temperatures and keeps crying ?

Another problem: There seems to be something else going on here besides the chicken pox. He should be seen by your pediatrician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I got chicken pox's over a year ago and one of the chicken pox's left a lump on my chest?

Could be a scar: It may be a little cyst or fibroma...See a dermatologist and may be it can be lanced or removed. Typical chickenpox scars are flat scars... ...Read more

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My 9 year old sister had chicken pox about two months ago, but the scars remain. What can be done to remove them?

My 9 year old sister had chicken pox about two months ago, but the scars remain. What can be done to remove them?

Improve not remove : These scars can be excised but will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon. Vlpl may help to diminish redness but you may try test. ...Read more

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If my 4 month old has chicken pox is it also likely my 6 year-old will still them too even if he has already been vaccinated?

Possibly: The varicella vaccine is considered 85% protective against infection with 1 & >95% with 2 doses. A single dose is thought to eliminate risk of severe disease. If your 6yo was vaccinated, his risk is low but 10-21 days after the 4mo broke out it should appear it it is going to. Transmission to susceptible family approaches 100%. ...Read more

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Hello Im 16 Year Old and i had chicken pox few months ago. But i still have the marks on my face, Im embarrassed is there anything i can do?

Hello Im 16 Year Old and i had chicken pox few months ago. But i still have the marks on my face, Im embarrassed is there anything i can do?

Wait four seasons: New c. pox scars need a year to fade and blend into normal skin. For now, one can use daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen. For treating future permanent scars, techniques include chemical peels to smooth out tiny defects, dermabrasion to sand the skin to become more even, and injecting fillers into some spots. Different dermatologists may use different methods, so it is fine to get 2 opinions. ...Read more

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Hi we have a 4 year old with chicken pox and the calamine lotion is said to have expired in August 2015, will this be ok?

Hi we have a 4 year old with chicken pox and the calamine lotion is said to have expired in August 2015, will this be ok?

Maybe: The date of use is designed to assure potency, so it may not be up to strength.However, I never recommend it anyway.I find it too drying and stinky.Vaseline makes an intensive care lotion that works okay, but I prefer just to keep the skin clean and let the kid soak in tepid water periodically to remove the sweat that makes them itch. ...Read more