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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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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...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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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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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Usually: Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and your dermatologist) told you not to pick at things on your skin! if you can protect the pustule from scratching damage, it usually heals with a minimal scar unless it gets infected with bacteria. ...Read more

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How effective is the varicella vaccine for preventing chicken pox?

85% AND 100%: 1 Dose of varicella vaccine is 85% effective at preventing any form of Varicella(Chicken Pox) And 100% effective in preventing severe form of chicken pox It means if 15% odds you get varicella it will be really mild as you have some immunity ...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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How to remove chicken pox scarring?

How to remove chicken pox scarring?

Pox scars: Can be improved with surgical excisions or lasering, depending on what kind of scar resulted from the chicken pox. Other possibilities include scar release and fat grafting. None are sure things but they can certainly help. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Can chicken pox from the vaccine?

Vaccine rash: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since the weakened virus does not have the same potency.The blisters of wild cpx often average about 200 while with the vaccine rash often has less than 15.Protection from future cpx is assured. ...Read more

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Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity? Ex: Chicken pox

Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity?  Ex: Chicken pox

Unlikely: Since exposure chicken pox, the virus is already replicating days before pox are noted. This is ample time for a person's immunity to start making antibodies. Recurrence of cp is more likely to be based on an individual's innate immunity when they first acquire the infection and later health. Rx needs to be started in 24 hours after pox appear, and important if newborn or other health issue. ...Read more

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How can the body defend itself against varicellazoster virus (chickenpox) ?

How can the body defend itself against varicellazoster virus (chickenpox) ?

Through vaccination: The best protection against herpes varicella- zoster virus (vzu) is vaccination. ...Read more

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Could chicken pox scar developing teeth?

I am not sure: What the reference is to developing teeth but chicken pox lesions can become scarred. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Maybe,maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...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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How can chicken pox scars be removed?

How can chicken pox scars be removed?

Improve not remove : These scars can be excised buttery will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine stop you from getting shingles too?

Does the chicken pox vaccine stop you from getting shingles too?

No: The weakened varicella virus acts like the wild one. However, data to date show the frequency of shingles after the vaccine is lower than that of the wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Can you get chicken poxs from the chicken pox vaccine ?

Shot reaction: A percentage of the vaccine recipients may breakout with atypical chickenpox, which is not the same as wild disease. Since the virus involved has been weakened in the lab, these kids have fewer spots and none of the dreaded complications of the wild disease. They could pass the weakened virus to others, but it would only be a free exposure varicella vaccine & unlikely to cause a clinical outbreak. ...Read more

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