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For How Long Is Chickenpox Infectious
How soon can I go back to work after contracting chickenpox? I received anti-viral medication for my chickenpox three days ago. How long do I have to wait to go back to work and not be infectious?
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
No/a week: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses known, passing in saliva, droplets of a cough or direct contact with the wounds. Patients are contagious from the day before their first spot until the last one is dry,usually a week.Chickenpox, while often mild, can produce a fatal pneumonia in an adult and increases ones risk of invasive flesh eating bacteria by 50X. ...Read more
I am on my 11th day of chickenpox i hav only few blister left to dry . Can i eat chicken and what should i avoid eating and how long am i contagious?
Yes: Adults who have never had chickenpox (varicella) can get the disease if they are not immune. I t can be severe in adults and cause pneumonia and other problems. Call your physician because potentially you can be vaccinated if you were recently exposed or you can be potentially given antiviral medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Highly!: It would be good for both you, and your classmates to stay home to recover until all of your blisters are completely scabbed and dry. ...Read more
Depends: The chickenpox is considered contagious from 24-48 hours before the first spot appears.It continues to be contagious until the last lesion has dried, generally 6 days after they appear. If it has been a full week, the contagious period has likely passed. If your sores are still draining, the debris may have infectious material. ...Read more
Very contagious: Chicken pox (varicella) is very contagious. If you previously were vaccinated or have had the disease, your chances of getting it are very low. If you have not had the disease or the vaccine, and you were just exposed, you potentially can get vaccinated to try to help protect you. Contact your physician. You can also call the cdc hotline at 1800 232 2522 and ask for advice for free. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When last spot dry: The contagious period of chickenpox extends from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash for six to seven days.Over that period the average person will have 200 to 300 spots, that go through stages and dry.As these all reach the crusted dry stage, or 6-7 days out, you are no longer contagious. ...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?
No rationale: Unsubstantiated myth.Get a more detailed answer ›
Chicken pox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Up until when will the chickenpox be contagious? I have had it for almost 2 weeks now but there is still one small brown-colored fluid at my wrist
When all the lesions: Have dried up, you'll no longer be contagious. Avoid contact with young infants till you're sure. ...Read more
Can i still take acyclovir 200 mg 1 wk after 1st chickenpox rash appeared. Doc says taking acyclovir at this stage will make me less infectious.
If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? what can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?
About shingles: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.
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