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Chickenpox Early Signs
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Emphatically No: The old notion of exposing children at an early age to chicken pox is fine as long as the child does not suffer from any of the very serious , albeit rare, complications of chicken pox which includes death. Who would want to gamble with their child's survival even with low odds? Be smart and prevent chicken pox by immunizing! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blistery rash: Chickenpox often starts with fever, decreased appetite, and feeling droopy.Usually within 24 hours a rash appears, quickly turning into itchy clear blisters. More blisters can appear over the next few days, and blisters and sores can occur on mucus membranes like in the mouth. Luckily, this disease is almost completely preventable by vaccines, so we don't often see its serious complications anymore! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RASH, FEVER COUGH: A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over fever abdominal pain or loss of appetite mild headache general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability a dry cough headache. ...Read more
My chickenpox bumps start to turn black and look kind of dry, is that a sign of healing or infection?
Healing: As long as the surrounding area looks normal. ...Read more
See below:: Becoming infected with chickenpox is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect you. Like any medicine, the vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low. Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor to discuss this more if needed. ...Read more
My 18 month old was playing with a boy one day before he showed spots from chickenpox. How long before we would see signs? She's had 1st vaccination.
Earlier i noticed the red spot on my leg and on my neck. Is this a sign of the chickenpox, what to do?
2 red spots on your: Body probably isn't chicken pox. A rash from chickenpox often occurs first on trunk (chest/back) ; then moves to face ; then extremities. The rash becomes blisters that itch. Blisters usually have all transformed into scabs in about a week. There are usually around 100 to 300 lesions (more on adults than small children). The rash could spread to mouth, eyelids ; genitalia. ...Read more
14month old exposed to chickenpox at creche.No chickenpox vaccine.Is this dangerous?No sign of being sick yet.What symptoms should I watch out for?
Chickenpox: The incubation time for chickenpox is 14-21 days from exposure, so you may not have seen symptoms yet if that time has not passed. Usually the child starts out with a very low grade fever and is slightly fussy, then within the next 24 hours develops the classic chickenpox rash. The rash starts out as tiny red spots that quickly enlarge over about 1 day, then develop vesicles and finally scab over. ...Read more
I have chickenpox from the last two days. Big blisters on my back. My doctor has given me Ocuvir 800 DT, Cefpodoxime 200 and Beplex. No sign of help.
Return To Doctor NOW: Ocuvir (Acyclovir), antiviral drug used for those at risk to develop severe chickenpox (over 12 yrs of age, certain underlying disorders, & more); can shorten duration of symptoms & development of nerve pain. Patients usually note slight to moderate symptom relief. Adults have high risk of severe illness; some may require Immune Globulin. Return to your doctor NOW for recheck & prompt intervention ...Read more
??confusing question: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare but worrisome: In the pre-vaccine era we had 50 deaths, 10000 hospitilizations and in excess of 2 million cases/yr. Those infected have a 50X increase in risk of invasive strep bacteria through the skin sores. Chickenpox can produce a terrible pneumonia in newborns and adults, but most will have a mild disease. Later in life, the germ can return from hibernation in your body and cause shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on variables: Most adults had chickenpox in childhood and it may have gone unrecognized. Of those that did not, exposure to a child with wild chickenpox can infect them as easily as any unimmunized child. There are blood tests that can show an adult that they did have it in the past.If not, vaccination would be a prudent action. ...Read more
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. The rash appears first on the stomach, back and face and can spread over the entire body causing a multitude of itchy blisters. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. ...Read more
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