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Does a history of chickenpox mean immunity?

Does a history of chickenpox mean immunity?

Yes, if dx correct: Having chicken pox confers immunity, yes. The problem is that other rashes resemble chicken pox. Was the diagnosis was made by a dermatologist or pediatrician, or by somebody's aunt sadie? If it's important to know for sure, your doctor can order a varicella titer, which will tell you if you have antibodies to the virus in your blood. ...Read more

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 a history of chickenpox mean immunity to it?

Usually: A verified history of natural chickenpox is usually accepted as indicative of long term immunity. In some cases those kids who had spots but never saw the doc may have had something else.There is a blood thest that can confirm past chickenpox. ...Read more

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Have shingles without history of chickenpox?

Mild case or herpes: You either had mild case without knowing it or this is shingles like presentation of herpes simplex.Treated with same medication. ...Read more

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In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?

In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?

Not likely: You may have been tested at some time for antibodies for the varicella-zoster virus. If positive you have had varicella (chicken pox) at some time in the past. ...Read more

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I have to take history from a patient with chickenpox he is isolated and I have had chickenpox before what should I do?

I have to take history from a patient with chickenpox he is isolated and I have had chickenpox before what should I do?

Varicella: You cannot get chicken pox again if you have already had it. I am not sure what your worry is or why you are asking this question. Go meet the patient and take his medical history and please do not worry. There is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can I get chickenpox twice?

Can I get chickenpox twice?

Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...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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What is caposi's chickenpox?

KVE: Kaposi varicelliform eruption (KVE) is a skin eruption caused by a variety of viral infections, which has superimposed on a person with underlying atopic dermatitis or eczema. ...Read more

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Can you get chickenpox twice?

Yes: If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule. ...Read more

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