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What sort of disease is chickenpox?

What sort of disease is chickenpox?

It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read more

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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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I got chickenpox . I want to know that how much time does disease take to go ?

I got chickenpox . I want to know that how much time does disease take to go ?

Cabin fever: The chickenpox is considered contagious from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash until the last new blister is dried out.Generally this is 6-7 days after eruption. A trip outside would probably be fine if those you are in contact with have had cpx in the past or the vaccine. Your skin will be more sensative to sunlight for a while so take precautions. ...Read more

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What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?

What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?

Unusual severity: During the era when 2 million cases a year occurred in the us, few worried about adult cases as most got them as kids. Now with available vaccines, some slip through without disease or vaccinations.Adults can develop a severe pneumonia that can be fatal, with onset soon after the skin findings appear. Vaccination is a good idea for any adult that missed them. ...Read more

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Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

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 more

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I'm 53 and I have chickenpox. Is treatment with aciclovir going to help me? How dangerous is to have this disease at my age?

I'm 53 and I have chickenpox. Is treatment with aciclovir going to help me? How dangerous is to have this disease at my age?

Can be helpful.: Varicella is a self-limiting disease but can have a higher risk of serious complications in adults, especially if one has any chronic medical conditions, taking chronic steroids, have HIV or other immunedeficiency disorders, or receiving chemotherapy for any cancer. Acyclovir or other antiviral medications is the treatment of choice if needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hand, foot, mouth disease and chickenpox?

What is the difference between hand, foot, mouth disease and chickenpox?

The causing virus: Hand foot and mouth is caused by a coxsackie virus and chicken pox is a herpes virus. The blisters in hfm are football shaped and in chicken pox there more small, red and itchy. ...Read more

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Is it common to misdiagnose syphilis? Is it normal to not do a bloodtest for this condition? My husband has a rash all over his body. Some spots remind me of chickenpox. The doc didn't do any tests he simply looked at him, said he has an std(we have been

Is it common to misdiagnose syphilis? Is it normal to not do a bloodtest for this condition? My husband has a rash all over his body. Some spots remind me of chickenpox. The doc didn't do any tests he simply looked at him, said he has an std(we have been

Blood test needed: The rash sounds like the secondary stage of syphilis. New HIV also might be possible. I suspect some information is missing. Are you sure your husband is giving you the full story? Syphilis or HIV can't be diagnosed by exam alone; a blood test is needed to diagnose and to know the best treatment. You will need to be tested and treated (assuming you and your husband are sexually active together). ...Read more

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Is chickenpox safe for kids?

Is chickenpox safe for kids?

??confusing question: Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr, usually kids, killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare.Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox. ...Read more

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