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How Is Chickenpox Transmitted
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
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
It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?
Physical exam: Chickenpox is diagnosed by physical exam. Due to the widespread use of the varivax vaccine against the illness, it does not occur very commonly these days, saving the lives of about 100 children a year. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is chickenpox by history and exam. ...Read more
Same as before: The wild varicella virus still causes infections in a variety of locations around the world. Since the disease is contagious for at least a day before a person breaks out, it can be passed by an unsuspecting person on to unvaccinated people easily. Acquisition after brief exposure runs > 90% in susceptible populations.If present anywhere in the world aircraft can bring it to your mall tomorrow. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on your immunization status (there is a childhood vaccine for chickenpox now), and your exposure (the people around you). If you are unimmunized and never had exposure to the illness, exposure as an adult will likely result in chickenpox. Most unimmunized adults were exposed as children and developed natural immunity without knowing it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Having the chicken pox, whether mild or severe, generates antibodies to fight the infection. That being said, there are types when a person gets CP but doesn't seroconvert - they don't form the "memory" antibodies against the disease - those individuals can get CP again. It has nothing to do with the severity of their infection, but a general issue with their immune response to that virus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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