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Does Chicken Pox Cause Encephalitis
Respiratory or touch: Wild chickenpox is transmitted by infected patients from 24 hours or more before the first spots for 6 days after the first ones appear.It can pass as airborne particles or through direct contact with secretions.A few hours in the room with a patient can pass it to a susceptible person.After passage, it incubates from 10-21 days before causing spots.A vaccine is available to prevent it. ...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
Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses that affect humans.As little as an hour in the same room with an infected person has a 95% rate of passing it on to susceptable persons.It can be passed in airborn droplets, saliva or debris from blisters. A vaccine has been available in the us since 1995. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epithelial cells...: of the skin/mucous membranes then it moves on to the nearby nerve endings to travel through the nerve fibers up to the nerve cell bodies where it hides until it's time to hit again. In that case, the virus descends through the nerve fibers back to the skin and cause, typically, the Shingles (Zoster). ...Read more
Face or scalp...: The pox lesions of chicken pox may arise anywhere on the body; however, typically most parents are first alerted to this viral infection when spotting the lesions on their child's face or scalp. Since this area is unclothed, it allows a greater likelihood for discovery; these also have the most generous blood supply, thereby increasing the viral load in these areas. Clothed areas may have pox, too. ...Read more
Yes and no: A small percentage of vaccine recipients can and do break out a week or more after varicella vaccination.This is not the wild chickenpox but a manifestation of the weakened vaccine virus. Most have fewer than a dozen lesions, compared with an average 200-250 with wild chickenpox. Such an event does provide longlasting protection from the wild chickenpox. ...Read more
Varicella-Zoster: It is recognized that a virus caused both. After c-pox infection the virus is dormant in skin nerve cells commonly in the face or trunk. If the virus turns active, it causes shingles, and the virus is then referred to as herpes zoster. Virus is activated in people with weakened immune system, such as those with cancer or hiv, over age of 50, ill, injured, or under stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
24 to 48 hours: There's a little debate about this point, but detergents, heat and dessication (drying) will kill it easily. However, if the surface is wet, the virus will survive longer, and it can survive on some surfaces for an extended period of time. There is debate about "sending it through the mail" on licked envelopes, and having it live in bedding. ...Read more
They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more
Around 40%: Varicella (chicken pox) pneumonia is rare, but has been cited to occur in about 1 in 400 adults with varicella infection. Of those patients that develop varicella pneumonia, approximately 40% may develop respiratory failure. Although respiratory failure is a significant cause of mortality in varicella infection, the majority of patients do recover. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more
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