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Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

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

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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Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Good question !!: The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement. ...Read more

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I have never had chickenpox and test showed no immunity, both my children had it when they were young so does that mean i will never get it ?

I have never had chickenpox and test showed  no immunity, both my children had it when they were young so does that mean i will never get it ?

No.: Not at all. If testing shows that you have no antibodies to the virus, you could get chickenpox at any time in the future, if you are exposed to it. You could get the chickenpox vaccine; but a better idea, at your age, might be to get the shingles vaccine, which immunizes you against both chickenpox and shingles. (they are caused by the same virus.) ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Do kids still get chickenpox despite being vaccinated? How common is it these days?

Do kids still get chickenpox despite being vaccinated? How common is it these days?

Yes: The vaccine is thought totally protective for 85% of kids after 1 dose & >95% after two. Some vaccinated kids get a mild case of it (5-20 spots ) while the average wild case= 200+spots. The vaccine has cut the death rate dramatically and reduced hospitalizations due to complications. ...Read more

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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

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Can children get chickenpox from some one with the shingles even if they had the shots?

Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine is considered 85% protective while two doses bring this up to 95% or better.Those with shingles are not as likely to spread the virus because it does not enter their saliva or become airborne by coughing. Only the debris from the sores is infectious, and avoidance can limit spread. ...Read more

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I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

I had an extremely mild case of chickenpox as a child. Could i get a mild case of shingles?

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

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How long after playing with a child with chickenpox is my son likely to get a rash?

How long after playing with a child with chickenpox is my son likely to get a rash?

10-21 days.: It takes 10 to 21 days (average 14-16 days) after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chicken pox. ...Read more

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My child received a transplanted kidney. Will their be complication if they get chickenpox?

Infection risk: Almost every transplant of any organ must be treated with medication to prevent the immune system from rejecting the organ. These medications make it harder for the immune system to do its other jobs too. That includes fighting infection. Your child should see a doctor anytime you suspect he/she is sick because of possible complications. ...Read more

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Can I get hsv 2 if I endured chickenpox as a child? Are the symptoms easier? Less likely to transmit?

Can I get hsv 2 if I endured chickenpox as a child? Are the symptoms easier? Less likely to transmit?

Entirely different: The only thing common between herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) and the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster virus (VZV), is the name herpes. After childhood chickenpox, everyone remains susceptible to HSV2 if exposed. The symptoms are similar in that both cause skin blisters/sores, but that's atll. Transmission risk of HSV2 is no different in people with and without past chickenpox. ...Read more