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Doctor insights on: Congenital Chickenpox Baby

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

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


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What are some symptoms of chickenpox in babies?

What are some symptoms of chickenpox in babies?

Skin lesions: The easiest way to describe chickenpox is when you look at the skin lesions they all appear to be in different stages. The rash you see goes from a pink dot, to small fluid filled blisters to lesions that appear crusted. Thy are all seen at the same time. Lesions crop up for about 5 days, everywhere. Including inside the mouth and other parts of the body. Very itchy. Also have fever, tired, aches. ...Read more

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Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

I never have: For the seasoned physician, chickenpox has typical enough blisters in most cases that confirmation by blood test is unnecessary & impractical. If there is concern that grandma's diagnosis a month ago was wrong, its less expensive to vaccinate the child than do titers. In young adults & women considering pregnancy who want to be sure they are protected titers have great value. ...Read more

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Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Highly doubtful.: Infants seldom if ever get chicken pox, because they are protected for the first year of their lives by antibodies received from the mother. That's why children are not given the chicken pox vaccine until age 1. If the mother never had chicken pox or the vaccine, and thus has no antibodies, the baby would be susceptible; but that's a very rare situation these days. ...Read more

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I am immune to chickenpox and rebella.Does that mean i had them as a child?

Yes or the vaccines: You can acquire the antibodies needed to turn this test positive by having the illness or receiving the vaccines.The test does not distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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How long do chickenpox take to come out if you have played with a child who has it?

How long do chickenpox take to come out if you have played with a child who has it?

10-20 days: If exposed to chicken pox (varicella), an unimmunized person may develop a rash in 10-20 days. The rash usually starts on the body or face and resemble a red spot, turns into a blister, then scabs over in a few days. The person is no longer contagious once all the blisters have scabbed. The illness usually lasts 7-10 days. Get a chicken pox shot if you have not had the illness. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a person catch chickenpox from a child who has just been vaccinated?

No: However you can catch t from a vaccinated person if they break out with a mild case of chickenpox 10-14 days after they receive the vaccine. ...Read more

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Mild chickenpox at age 5, much worse case again at 16. Now age 40. Am i immune, or can I catch it a 3rd time, from my child?

Mild chickenpox at age 5, much worse case again at 16. Now age 40. Am i immune, or can I catch it a 3rd time, from my child?

Doubt it: You were likely mis-labeled with one of your rash illnesses as a kid. Several enteroviruses produce pox like blisters and mothers were often asked not to bring these kids to the doc where they might infect other kids.Cpx produces lifelong immunity to all but the few with immune problems that would have effected your life by now. ...Read more

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I had chickenpox as a child but when tested I was told I am still not immune and can get it again. Why did I not become immune like everyone else?

I had chickenpox as a child but when tested I was told I am still not immune and can get it again. Why did I not become immune like everyone else?

Immunity can fade: For most immunity is permanent in the majority of people given varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. There are exceptions and immunity can fade even in healthy people. Vaccine should be re-administered if you do not show evidence of immunity (two doses of vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks). Unlikely immune deficiency if otherwise well. Recheck titers 4-8 weeks post-vaccination to gauge response. ...Read more

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I'm a medical student and I was exposed to a child who has chickenpox, there was no direct contact between us and he didnt cough, what shall I do ??

See my previous: answer to you. In addition to that information, since I didn't know you were a medical student: you may want to get tested to see if you are immune, even if you didn't actually have chickenpox. You may also want to get a vaccine if you are not immune. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

Unlikely to happen: There are rare cases that reflect poor immune response to the first or any varicella infection in a handful of people. There are also reports suggesting a kid with chickenpox as an infant <1yr, might get again later. In normal people, the illness confers lifelong immunity. Some who were labeled cpx in the past had a different blister producing illness that was mislabeled. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Depends: Any immune child or adult can sit close to a baby with chickenpox. You will not risk a repeat infection as you might with strep throat. However, a pregnant woman who never had chickenpox would be at risk of infection & transferring it to the unborn baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same car that a child who has chickenpox rode in earlier?

Risk is low.: A vaccinated child would face an extremely low risk in this situation; an unvaccinated child's risk would be higher, but still not as high as with face-to-face contact. ...Read more

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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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Can chickenpox start out on the area near navel of a child?

Can chickenpox start out on the area near navel of a child?

The first...: ...Lesion can be anywhere, but if there are more than 3 lesions and they are all clustered together, chickenpox would not be my first choice. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious from one day before to approximately one week after the illness. One is no longer contagious once all blisters have dried up and scabbed. However, you will not contract chickenpox again if you had the disease previously. ...Read more

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My child has chickenpox, so will I catch shingles from her chickenpox?

UNLIKELY: Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus living in someone who had chickenpox at a younger age. The trigger for shingles is usually not exposure the virus itself but a stress (e.g. Physical, emotional, etc..) which causes a suppressed immune system allowing the zoster virus to attack nerve(s). Shingles is more common in older people due to waning immunity/antibody levels. ...Read more

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I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means you have the virus in your system in hibernation. You can certainly have shingles at some point.When or if you develop shingles, the intensity of the outbreak will depend or your health factors at the time. ...Read more

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