chickenpox

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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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Can I get chickenpox twice?

No

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The second time will be shingles which is reactivation of chickenpox.
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Is chickenpox safe for kids?

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Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr,usually kids,killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare.Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox.
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A quick cure for chickenpox??

None

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unfortunately there is no quick cure. depending on your age, and other factors some doctors may use antiviral medications, but in general it is a condition that runs its course over time.
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Can you get chickenpox twice?

Yes

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if for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule.
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Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

Yes

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The present vaccine is derived from the OKI strain developed in Japan in the 1970's & in limited use in the US until ~1995. It is effective in children,teens or adults. It is usually given first at a year of age as earlier doses are not as effective. A booster is given at 4-5 or per your physicians schedule.
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How is chickenpox transmitted?

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It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days.
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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Absolutely

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The risks of the vaccine include fever,rash, and occasional discomfort. It does NOT cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it DOES NOT appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts.
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Where and how do chickenpox start?

The rash

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Starts on the head around the hairline and erupts in clusters over the face and torso mostly. It starts as red spots that develop small vesicles in the middle and then turn into blisters before crusting over. At any time, there are lesions at different stages.
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What are the tests for chickenpox?

Physical exam

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Chickenpox is diagnosed by physical exam. Due to the widespread use of the Varivax vaccine against the illness, it does not occur very commonly these days, saving the lives of about 100 children a year. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is chickenpox by history and exam.
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Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

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It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days.
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