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Doctor insights on: Does Chicken Pox Cause Encephalitis

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How does chicken pox occur?

How does chicken pox occur?

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

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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Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Yes 1% can get mild: 1% of patients can get a mild form of chicken pox after few days because it is live vaccine. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox usually cause many symptoms?

Does chicken pox usually cause many symptoms?

Usually Not: Mostly an itchy rash. But sometimes complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, liver disease, serious skin infections, "flesheating" bacteria, reye's syndrome and death can occur. These are fortunately rare. Immunize for prevention of any risk. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox spread?

Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source). ...Read more

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How does chicken pox be avoided?

How does chicken pox be avoided?

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 more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

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 more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

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 more

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What specific cell does chicken pox infect?

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

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Where does rashes for chicken pox start?

Where does rashes for chicken pox start?

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

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Can chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine (against chicken pox)?

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

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What causes chicken pox in adults?

Varicella Virus: It is caused by infection with VaricellaChickenPox)virus in adults and children ...Read more

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How do chicken pox cause acute glomerolu nephritis?

How do chicken pox cause acute glomerolu nephritis?

Not clear: There are a number of viral infections identified as uncommon causes for glomerulonephritis. Hepatitis b and HIV are also well known culprits. ...Read more

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What body system does chicken pox affect?

What body system does chicken pox affect?

Mainly skin: It mainly affects the skin, giving you itchy rash with blisters. But since it's a systemic viral infection, you can also feel generally sick, with nausea, loss of appetite, aching muscles, fever and headache. Those symptoms may begin before the rash. ...Read more

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How does the varicella zoster spread?

How does the varicella zoster spread?

Airborn/ contact: The varicella virus is passed by new active cases by droplet (cough or secretions) and by contact with debris from blisters. It is estimated that as few as 30 minutes in a room with a kid with chicken pox may spread it to susceptable persons. ...Read more

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How are shingles related to chicken pox?

How are shingles related to chicken pox?

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 more

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How long can the chicken pox virus (varicella) survive in fluid?

How long can the chicken pox virus (varicella) survive in fluid?

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

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

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

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How often does chicken pox lead to respiratory failure?

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 more

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

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


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more