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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Overview)

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 vaccine to prevent chickenpox.


Dr. Katharine Garnier
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What is the common age that a child catches chickenpox? My nephew is 13 and has not got them yet. Should we be concerned?

Dr. Katharine Garnier
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What is the common age that a child catches chickenpox? My nephew is 13 and has not got them yet. Should we be concerned?

No: Most children have received a chicken pox vaccine by the time they are 15 months old, they now get a booster shot also. Did your nephew get his vaccinations? If so, it is unlikely he will ever get chicken pox. If he hasn't had his vaccination, i would contact his doctor to arrange for that shot! chicken pox can be a serious disease, causing pneumonia, and it can cause shingles when he is older. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Overview)

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 vaccine to prevent chickenpox.


Dr. Sanju Samuel
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
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Help please? How long does chickenpox last?

Dr. Sanju Samuel
Board Certified, Pediatric Critical Care
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Help please? How long does chickenpox last?

Dry lesions: Till the last lesion scabs over- contact with others should be limited. ...Read more

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Treating Chickenpox (Tip)

Treating Chickenpox

Do have your child vaccinated....Then you probably won't have to deal with a child with chickenpox. ...See more

Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Apply cool moist towel to itchy areas as needed
hourly, while awake
Keep fingernails short
once
Avoid scratching by covering hands with mittens or socks
once
Use calamine lotion where needed for itching
once
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My kid seems to be walking funny, is this a normal symptom of chickenpox?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My kid seems to be walking funny, is this a normal symptom of chickenpox?

Could Be: Ataxia or poorly balanced walking is a rare symptom of chicken pox. Was your child immunized? Need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of chickenpox in teens?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the symptoms of chickenpox in teens?

Same as in chldren: Symptoms and signs of chicken pox in teens are pretty much same as in younger children. However, teens tend to develop severe form of disease ( lot more bumps) and its complications, i.e., meningoencephalitis. ...Read more

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Treating Chickenpox (Tip)

Treating Chickenpox

One time infection gives lifelong immunity in most. Leaves no scars with supportive treatment only. ...See more

Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the signs of chickenpox pneumonia?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the signs of chickenpox pneumonia?

Chickenpox + cough: The pneumonia associated with varicella (chickenpox) is more common in adults especially in pregnancy but since most children who got chickenpox didn't have a chest x-ray, it is under diagnosed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like chickenpox? What tests are needed?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Personalized ???: Dx and rx of something like chickenpox is part of medical care. For most of us it is a visual ( i look at it) DX when paired with a history of how it started. No specific tests are needed & rx is directed at pt comfort. If you are asking about specific contracted care with a concierge dr; that would depend on the wording of your agreement. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Can my son go to his fathers house? It has been 3 weeks since he was diagnosed with chickenpox they have scabbed and he has some scars from the ones he scratched open.

Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Once : Once the lesion have crusted over ("scabbed") then he is no longer contagious. The scars may not go away completely, they will fade over time. If this is an issue you can try over the counter mederma to reduce the appearance of the scars. Good luck. ...Read more

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