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How Do People Get Chicken Pox
Exposure to germ: A non immune person exposed to someone with chickenpox has > 95% risk of acquiring the disease.The cpx patient is contagious from a day prior to breaking out until the sixth day.Their saliva, sneezes or the debris from blisters all can spread the disease.The average incubation is 14 days from exposure but 10-21 is the range. ...Read more
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
Get Vaccinated: If you are old enough to ask the question you are old enough to have had the vaccine (first widely given in the 90's).If you had it before, you won't get it again.If susceptabe, get the vaccine (if not pregnant). You only have to be briefly in a room with an infected person to get it. Adults are at higher risk than kids of major side effects like encephalitis and pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to predict: Most adults have had it as a kid, and have lifelong immunity. Even 95% of those who do not remember having it test positive for past illness. I would consider your risk minimal. ...Read more
Yes & it's bad: Adults who somehow avoided chickenpox in childhood and haven't had the vaccine are at risk. Adults can develop a fatal chicken pox pneumonia as part of their primary illness. Blood tests can reveal whether you had it and are immune & if not i'd get the vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If susceptable,yes: Most adults have immunity to cpx, even if they do not remember having them .At 35 you were not in an age group that was offered the vaccine starting in 1995, so you would have had it naturally to become immune. If not, between 10-21 days after exposure, you may have a surprise. ...Read more
Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaccine rash/risk: There are a small percentage of people that will break out in an atypical rash a week or two after receiving the weakened varicella virus injection. This is not true wild chickenpox but a "chickenpox lite" since it is a weakened virus.There will be fewer blisters.An estimated 10-15 % kids with a single dose remain at risk of cpx while a booster done later drops that to <5%. ...Read more
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