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How Do You Get Chickenpox
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most easily spread illnesses, passing in droplets in the air, in saliva and from contact with the blister debris. If your not immune, but exposed, there is 95% chance of acquiring the disease.It is contagious from 24-48 hours prior to the first blister is seen until the last blister has dried, roughly a week. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
Rarely if ever: Chickenpox will confer lifelong immunity with the first infection. There are few cases when this may not be permanent, like those with immune disorders or after bone marrow transplant . There are many rash producing illnesses that mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more
Yes is most cases: There has been some concern that infants. ...Read more
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Absolutely NOT: Chicken pox is a congtageous disease. Once you have the chicken pox, you should be immune. One could get chickenpox and have a rare complication, such as chicken pox pneumonia and possibly die from the complications but this would be extremely rare. One could be immunosuppressed (transplant patient and such) and contract zoster and die from complications. But not, not in general. ...Read more
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
No: Shingles is just evidence the chickenpox germ is already in your body. Once there, the body develops antibodies to the chickenpox & clears so you are immune to a new case. The shingles is thought to represent a weakening of your bodies antibody suppression of the germ which hibernates in nerve nodes after your first CPX. Once you have it, the germ doesn't leave, we hope it just hibernates forever ...Read more
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
Hi! I entered a room, where a person who has chickenpox stays, for about 30 seconds.
Is that enough to get me infected?
Secretions? : Your mention of "entering the room" implies you were many feet away form the patient, which is somewhat lower risk. That said, chicken pox is extremely contagious! If you have not had disease, get the shot at your local prim care doctors office tomorrow. It will minimize your chance of full blown disease, with its associated scarring, secondary staph infections and encephalitis. Hope this helps ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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