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Chickenpox Good Idea
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
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
No: There's no reason to throw up. Get rest, drink fluids, and try to avoid contact with others until all the pox have scabbed. ...Read more
Since I've had chicken pox twice, once as a young child and a second time at 18, is is a good idea to get immunized for shingles? I am now 63.
I think o have shingles on my feet but I have never had chicken pox. It blisters and burns. No OTC or prescription foot stuff helps. Ideas?
Shingles????: Any rash that is painful and burns may not be shingles. Shingles typically happens as a blustery rash which is spread along single dermatome and is not bilaterally symmetrical- meaning if it happens it never involves both sides of body. It typically involves only one side. Now about your feet-- fungus on feet and/or secondary bacterial infection can produce same symptoms. See a md. ...Read more
Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?
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