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How Do Kids Get Chickenpox
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
??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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am taking treatment for kids from august, 2013. I have been suffered from chickenpox last month. am i try for pregnancy this month naturally?
OB/GYN: Please consult your ob/gyn to test your titers against Varicella ( chicken pox) to be sure you are immune before becoming pregnant ...Read more
I have blister rash on my left arm, a little on left back, and right arm. Now my kids have the chickenpox. Do I have shingles? I went to urgent care and the said it is not shingles because it is also on my right arm. But it looks like it and it hurts and
You : You know the old saying: "if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it is". Varicella zoster, the technical name, results when a person who has had chicken pox has it re-activated later in life. While the rash is usually in the distribution of one nerve root, bilateral cases have been reported but they are rare. The rash of vz is typically a blister the itches and burns. The rash of scabies consists of a very itchy collection of tiny blisters that, in people with good hygeine, may be seen on the spaces between the fingers or on the legs. It lasts until treated. Vz often starts with pain and then a few days later the erruption of blisters that dry up after a week or two. It is really unlikely that you and your girls have two different things. I know of cases where an adult caring for a child with chicken pox had an attack of vz afterwards. Children without immunity to chicken pox can catch them from an adult with vz. Benadryl is usually not very helpful. In vz the treatment if caught early may be an antiviral drug. For the pain, Gabapentin or Pregabalin are prescribed. Most doctors suggest the zostavax injection to prevent vz in people over 60 because the incidence of post herpetic neuralgia increases with age. Good luck! i know what it feels like. ...Read more
Can I get chickenpox from playing with an infected kid?Is there a test that can show now if i got infected? bec I'm trying to get preg. now!
Are you immunized?: If you're immunized and have no symptoms for several days after exposure, you can safely assume you're unaffected. If you're not immunized, blood "titers" can be drawn to evaluate your immune status. Ask your doctor about this. It is wise to consider your chicken pox immune status if you're trying to get pregnant. Especially if you're not immunized. ...Read more
My grandma w/ asthma had chickenpox as a kid.Now she is under prednisone, how likely is it that she will get shingles?
My grandma had chickenpox as a kid.Right now, she has asthma and is under prednisone.How likely is it that she'll get shingles?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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