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Chickenpox (Definition)

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.

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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?

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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Help please? How long does chickenpox last?

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

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

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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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My kid seems to be walking funny, is this a normal symptom of chickenpox?

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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What are the symptoms of chickenpox in teens?

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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Getting Vaccinated (Tip)

Getting Vaccinated

Do get Zostavax (the shingles vaccine) if you are 60 or over, especially if you have had chickenpox. ...See more

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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Take an antihistamine to minimize itching/scratching
once
Stay well hydrated and nourished
once
Avoid aspirin for pain relief. Use tylenol or Motrin for pain relief
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What are the signs of chickenpox pneumonia?

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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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like chickenpox? What tests are needed?

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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