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Dr. Ron Jones
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My kid has chickenpox and a fever, can I give him ibuprofen?

Dr. Ron Jones
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My kid has chickenpox and a fever, can I give him ibuprofen?

Yes: There has been some scuttlebutt in the medical community about Ibuprofen for febrile illness increasing incidence if mrsa, but nothing proven. I would not fear to use it on my kids. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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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 ...Read more


Dr. Holly Maes
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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Dr. Holly Maes
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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Casale
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Why doesn't chickenpox spread like the common fever ?

Dr. Jerry Casale
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Why doesn't chickenpox spread like the common fever ?

It does: If a common fever is l a viral infection, chicken pox spreads the same way respiratory droplet, more infective before the rash, but so many adults and kids either had the chicken pox or r vaccine it won't be as prevalent. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Chickenpox 5 days.On/off fever.Today temp is 39.5. Paracetamol every 4hrs to lower temp to at least 38.3.Is this normal?Tilwhen will fever last?

Dr. Jay Park
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Chickenpox 5 days.On/off fever.Today temp is 39.5. Paracetamol every 4hrs to lower temp to at least 38.3.Is this normal?Tilwhen will fever last?

Not normal: Fever associated with chicken pox does not generally last over 4 days. Needs to be checked if a serious complication sets in, e.g., streptococcal blood poisoning. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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After the first day of having fever with chickenpox, when will it go down? Its my 5th day of being sick now, 3th day having pox

Dr. Oscar Novick
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After the first day of having fever with chickenpox, when will it go down? Its my 5th day of being sick now, 3th day having pox

Chicken pox: The fever can last 5-7 days. Fever usually reaches its peak on day4-5. The pox will begin drying up at 7 days. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Is it possible to have a little fever in chickenpox when no new blister is appearing ?

Dr. James Ferguson
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Is it possible to have a little fever in chickenpox when no new blister is appearing ?

Prodrome: Chickenpox actually becomes contagious and erupts 10-21 days after your exposure (ave 14) and many will experience a low grade fever during the prodrome or blood phase that occurs in the days before you break out. After the rash has appeared and subsided (ave 6-7 days) any new fever should be monitored as evidence of a new, possibly related problem.A cellulitis or other issue may emerg. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Is it possible to have fever in chickenpox when you are not having new blisters ?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Is it possible to have fever in chickenpox when you are not having new blisters ?

Yes: But some other concomitant infection is more likely cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Will ibuprofen take away the fever and cold?

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Will ibuprofen take away the fever and cold?

Ibuprofen cuts fever: True that Ibuprofen or Motrin will reduce a fever. This is something of a "bandaid" therapy however and doesn't get to the root of the problem. Chicken soup (good nutrition/fluids) and rest are important.. Also sleeping well should help u recover. Finally, be sure to take food with Ibuprofen to protect the stomach. Personally I drink ginger tea with honey- that helps my colds! ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What if a child's fever won't go down even after taking the recommended dose of ibuprofen?

Dr. James Ferguson
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What if a child's fever won't go down even after taking the recommended dose of ibuprofen?

Common issue: The amount of fever generated by a child with a normal immune system is determined by the brain sensors detecting fever triggering particles in the blood.Fever reduction may not occur if the stimulus is intense enough, & does not warrant exceeding the recommended dose or crude measures (ice packs, cold baths, etc.). Concentration on fluid needs & other comfort measures gives more benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Does ibuprofen affect the amount of time it takes a fever to break?

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Does ibuprofen affect the amount of time it takes a fever to break?

Motrin: Motrin may help break it faster by controlling inflammation. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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