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Duration Of Chickenpox
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
CHICKEN POX: If diagnosis is correct for chicken pox, then stay in isolation. Use otc calamine lotion on the bumps those are broken, don't scratch. It itchy, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50 mg 3 times daily. Increase fluid and vitamin-c intake by eating 2-4 oranges/day or vit-c tab 500 mg daily to hasten healing. If extensive or there is secondary infection, see your doctor who might suggest some antibiotics. ...Read more
How is the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-2 compared to the frequency of recurrence and severity of ocular HSV-1?
No difference : When we think of Herpes and the eye, HSV1 and 2 are lumped into the same category vs. VZV which is shingles. In regards to recurrence, if you are not immunocompromised the odds of recurrence is very small with Shingles recurring more than the herpes virus. If you are prone to recurrence, you can be started on Acylovir 400mg 1x per day for maintenance and the outbreak will be much less severe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's quite a story!: After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye. The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The best answer depends on the perspective. If you count the 10-21 days that you incubate & have the quiet stage prior to breaking out it is quite long. A person becomes contagious a day or so before breaking out, has crops of new blisters for 3-5 days & then is not contagious after the last one dries out, about 6 days after the first spot. ...Read more
Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr.It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...Read more
There are none: German measles (rubella) is often never even noticed and at worst produces an uncomfortable arthritis and mild viral-type illness. However, the great concern is permanent damage to the unborn child before 20 weeks. Before the vaccine, the effects were familiar to everyone -- these blind, deaf, brain-damaged &/or deformed children were common sights. Be grateful for immunization. ...Read more
Exanthems: Here is a link with descriptions of the 5 viral exanthems of childhood: http://childrensnational.org/choose-childrens/conditions-and-treatments/skin-disorders/viral-exanthems-rashes?sc_lang=en ...Read more
2 TYPES OF INFECTION: Although both are transmitted by mosquitoes and symptoms include fevers and headaches, they are different. Wnv = virus, malaria = parasite. Wnv is endemic to africa, asia and middle east. Malaria in the tropics around the equator. Wnv can also lead to meningitis and encephalitis while malaria invades the liver and affects the blood. Finally, no specific treatment for wnv, oral meds for malaria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RASH, FEVER COUGH: A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over fever abdominal pain or loss of appetite mild headache general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability a dry cough headache. ...Read more
What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.
Hepatitis B: Interferon Alfa 2b can be used for treatment of CHRONIC hepatitis B. It is not for acute Hepatitis B which often resolves spontaneously. The dose for chronic hep B is 10 mill units subcutaneous or IM shot 3times/week for 16 weeks, or 5 mill units daily for 16 wk. get with your doctor to see if you have the chronic form of hepatitis. Good luck! ...Read more
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