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How often does chicken pox lead to respiratory failure?

How often does chicken pox lead to respiratory failure?

Around 40%: Varicella (chicken pox) pneumonia is rare, but has been cited to occur in about 1 in 400 adults with varicella infection. Of those patients that develop varicella pneumonia, approximately 40% may develop respiratory failure. Although respiratory failure is a significant cause of mortality in varicella infection, the majority of patients do recover. ...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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Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Yes if never before: All household members are at risk for contracting chicken pox if one member has active chicken pox and these household members have never had chicken pox. If they have contracted chicken pox in the past, then there is theoretically no risk. ...Read more

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Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Define AI: We need to clarify what ai is. After chickenpox the virus disappears but remains latent (in hiding and not infectious) in the dorsal ganglion of the neurologic system the virus will not remain in the muscle . It needs to be clarified what type of myositis you actually have. ...Read more

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Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Well chicken pox: Affects all organs. I do not know that it might cause renal failure on its own. But say you had borderline function already and then you got the virus. It is possible it would tip you over.... Many cases of renal failure are borderline with some other incidental mild nephrotoxity i would ask a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Viruses and Kidneys: I have spent a great deal of time researching your question. Hepatitis, hiv, hanta, ebstein-barr, west nile, b-k, and herpes varicella zoster viruses can all affect the kidney. The only one that has chickenpox-like symptoms is zoster though many of the others can have rashes but not vesicles like chickenpox. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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My son has three red bumps on his body n i think they are chicken pox but not sure?

My son has three red bumps on his body n i think they are chicken pox but not sure?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox usually starts on head & neck area & spreads down & outward. For kids that have been immunized, the appearance is varied and may be just a few spots. Usual appearance of a chickenpox lesion is a clear blister on a red base (dew drop on a rose petal-classic description). Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Early treatment of chickenpox decreases discomfort and scarring. ...Read more

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My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox.Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing.Y?Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks?Can antihistamine b given for itch?

My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox.Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing.Y?Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks?Can antihistamine b given for itch?

I'm concerned.: There are three possibilities. (1) it's not chicken pox. (2) it's chicken pox but your child's immune system isn't working correctly due to a congenital immune defect. (3) it was chicken pox (aka varicella) but there is a secondary infection. The most severe of these are caused by the same streptococcus ("strep") that causes sore throats. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I had chicken pox last summer. I read somewhere that it leaves behind shingles which could be problematic. What r they? What do they do?

I had chicken pox last summer. I read somewhere that it leaves behind shingles which could be problematic. What r they? What do they do?

Virus: Having had chicken pox just means that you could possibly develop shingles later. Only a small percentage of people do. Risk is higher with older people. Shingles is deactivation of the chicken pox virus in the root of a nerve that causes classic often painful blisters on skin along the path of the nerve. Heals without complications in most patients. Small number of people left with chronic pain. ...Read more

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Itchy red dumps all over the body.they r like chicken pox. It spread when sweaty conditions.

Need more info: It's hard ton diagnose skin lesions without seeing them & getting more info. Please see your family physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Respiratory Failure (Definition)

Respiratory failure describes the condition where a person is unable to breathe in enough oxygen to supply the tissues of their body. Respiratory failure can occur in severe cases of asthma, pneumonia, or any condition that prevents a ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more