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First Signs 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
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
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
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
I stopped breastfeeding my 4week old baby 2 days ago. My first chickenpox blister appeared 4 days ago. I am worried that my baby might get infected too?
Rash, fever: Chicken pox in a baby will start as a rash just as it would in older children. The rash often starts out on the abdomen, and is papulopustular in appearance. Itching is quite common. There may be associated fever, and upper respiratory symptoms. Babies may get quite sick from the chicken pox so if unvaccinated, should seek medical care. ...Read more
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
My husbands friend has a baby with chickenpox. I'm pregnant & my husband recently hung out with his friend but not the baby, can I still catch it?
No risk, no worries: Unless your parents skipped your childhood vaccinations, you probably were immunized against chickenpox and can't catch it again. Even if not, hust hanging out with the father of a child with chickenpox isn't a risk at all. You could only be infected if you personally had close contact with the infected baby. On top of all that, chickenpox isn't dangerous to pregnant women or their babies. ...Read more
31wks5days preg. Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated. May have been exposed. What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?
Pregnancy & Chickpox: There really isn't anything you can do at this point but to wait. If you do get the chickenpox you will need to be carefully monitored to prevent secondary infections and fevers. The baby should be fine if these are controlled. Since it is a live vaccine you shouldn't get vaccinated at this point. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Chicken pox: There is a chance but not because of a kiss but through contact of the fluid from the blisters. Which you could have on your hands if you held baby. ...Read more
My friend is nursing her 7 month old since birth, is the baby safe from a sibling having chickenpox?
Do Not rely on That: Although the baby definitely gets an immunity boost from nursing, it is not a 100% guarantee for protection from specific infections. Thus one should minimize exposure, use good handwashing etc. Also keep in mind, if the nursing mom has not had a varicella (chicken pox) infection, she has no immune factors to pass thru the breast milk to the baby. ...Read more
My baby is 9 months & has mild chickenpox as diagnosed by pediatrician; ppl been tellng me that she might get it again when she is older is that true?
Once upon a time,: There was a chicken....Not! The Greeks referred to its latent form as Zoster; the Romans as cingulus, shingles. In the 1600s, an Englishman, Dr. Richard Morton described what he thought a mild form of smallpox as "chicken pox." No one knows why, except maybe his descendants. In 1767, Dr. William Heberden, also English, was the first to demonstrate that chickenpox was different from smallpox. ...Read more
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
Rare: There are rare reported individuals who have had it several times. In someone with an impaired immunity, this could happen or someone who receives a bone marrow transplant that does not get the vaccine. It has been seen when infants under a year have a case partially suppressed by maternal antibody, which prevents them from developing their own immunity. Most "recurrent"cases are just misdiagnosis. ...Read more
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
I would like yo know that I have suffered and recovered from chickenpox. Its been totally 30 from first day of occurrence. I want to know tha?
Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review & submit a concise question that reflects the info submitted. You have not. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete, We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more
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
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
Should be only one: By getting the chicken pox, one should produce immunity to the pox virus. If there is a second infection, it is probably reactivation of the virus and is called "shingles" or zoster infection. In any case, if your child has an immune problem, any infection is serious and you shold seek prompt medical attention by your pcp, specialty physician or other health care provider. ...Read more
I finished chemo nearly 2 years ago. Is it safe for me to be near a child with chickenpox who has had it for 6days? (i had chickenpox when I was 5)
Difficult issue: If you had a bone marrow transplant and you did not take the vaccine afterward, you would be considered vulnerable. If not, there should be some residual immunity from your childhood, but this is hard to predict. You might want to wait another day or 2 until the kids beyond the contagious period to be sure. Your doc could do some blood tests to verify your present level of protection. ...Read more
In my country, it is not advisable for immunisations if baby has a contact with infectious diseases such as chickenpox within a month. Why is that so?
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My toddler's friend has chickenpox. They played 2gether 4 days ago b4 chickenpox appeared. My baby developed flu 3days ago, could she catch chickenpox?
Varivax: Most children receive the varivax (chicken pox vaccine) at 1 year of age. Wild cases of chickenpox are hardly ever seen these days. Check to see if she had the vaccine. Even if she is not immune, 4 days is a bit long, it is more like 48 hours before the lesions appear that they are contagious. ...Read more
Reye's syndrome: Is the concern for kids & aspirin. ...Read more
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
abdominal pain or loss of appetite
general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability
a dry cough
headache. ...Read more
Complications: Back in the late 60's & early 70's a devistating illness called reye's syndrome started appearing. Kids with chickenpox or flu would appear to get better before lapsing into coma & dying of liver failure. After a link with salycilates (aspirin) was made, we stopped giving it to kids under 16. Reye's has almost disappeared. It didn't happen to all kids, but we never knew how to predict who would. ...Read more
Call the office 1st: Some pcp's wouldn't want your kid in their waiting room exposing other kids & may be willing to counsel you over the phone. Others may wish to see the kid & rule out a copy cat process. I would call during regular office hours & ask. ...Read more