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I only got one dose of the chicken pox shot as a baby, and I'm 18 now. Should I get a second dose?

I only got one dose of the chicken pox shot as a baby, and I'm 18 now. Should I get a second dose?

Yes: It is recommended that you have a second dose because the immunity cna go away. So get the second dose. Chicken pox as an adult is not a nice illness. Read more

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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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If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

Not contagious: As previously taught to you Shingles is not contagious. It is a deep (inside the nerves of the affected human) reactivation of their previous infection with chicken pox. If you are worried you should get the Varicalla (chicken pox) vaccination. Read more

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How might one fade or get rid of chicken pox scars?

How might one fade or get rid of chicken pox scars?

Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). Read more

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In teenage, I got chicken pox. I accidently peel one on my head. My age is 24 and still the mark persist. Is there any way to get rid of it?

In teenage, I got chicken pox. I accidently peel one on my head. My age is 24 and still the mark persist. Is there any way to get rid of it?

Pox scar help: Some scars (regardless of what caused them--acne, varicella, laceration) can be treated by dermatologists with laser, serums, fillers. Would recommend having your GP check it and make a recommendation as to whether it is the sort of scar that might respond to treatment Read more

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Can you get chicken pox only one the soft palate? Daughter has white bump on soft palate and hurts to swallow

Can you get chicken pox only one the soft palate? Daughter has white bump on soft palate and hurts to swallow

No. This is very: Unlikely to be a pox lesion. Dental consult is needed. Source of the bump needs to be determined. Read more

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I have to get the second dose of the chicken pox vaccine and a tuberculosis screening. Which one should I do first.

I have to get the second dose of the chicken pox vaccine and a tuberculosis screening. Which one should I do first.

Tb screening: Tb screening should be done first. If there's any concern of underlying untreated active infection such as active TB then live vaccines such as chicken pox usually contraindicated. However since you already received first dose and assuming you tolerated it well, then there would be no difference which one to get first Read more

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How does a person get chicken pox?

How does a person get chicken pox?

By catching it: Chickenpox is caused by having a first time infection with a particular virus, the chickenpox or varicella-zoster virus. It is caught by touch and breath. Read more

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes: Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). Read more

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What can I do to not get chicken pox?

What can I do to not get chicken pox?

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 more

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My nephew has chicken pox. Can I get it?

My nephew has chicken pox. Can I get it?

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

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Can a middle-aged person get chicken pox?

Can a middle-aged person get chicken pox?

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 more

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How can I get help for acute chicken pox?

How can I get help for acute chicken pox?

Seek md care: Chickenpox is more severe in adults than in children even otherwise normal adults. More lesions, disease lasting longer. Although most adults do fine, there is mortality. Read more

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If my child has chicken pox, can I get it?

If my child has chicken pox, can I get it?

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

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Is it a possible to get chicken pox, again?

Is it a possible to get chicken pox, again?

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 more

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What are the ways that people get chicken pox?

What are the ways that 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

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Can you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

Can you get chicken pox after getting the shot?

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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What are the symptoms that you get with chicken pox?

Chicken pox: Fever and pox that first look like clear bumps on a red base and change. People will have the bumps at various stages. Here's a link to the cdc website which has a lot of good information. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/chickenpox/about/. Read more

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Can you get chicken pox more than once in your life?

Chicken Pox: After you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness. If the virus becomes active again, it can cause a painful viral infection called shingles. Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat chicken pox?

Is there more than one good way to treat chicken pox?

Chicken pox-no fun!: Chicken pox (varicella) is best treated with supportive care -- Acetaminophen for pain, and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the appropriate dose for weight, aveeno oatmeal baths, and non-steroid anti-itch creams for the itch. Anti-viral medications are only indicated if someone has an immune deficiency or severe eczema. The best 'treatment' is prevention -- getting the chicken pox vaccine! Read more

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