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Is It Dangerous To Be Around Someone With Chicken Pox When I Am Pregnant
Yes: It is only dangerous if you have not had chicken pox in the past. If you have then, you are immune. Many people who did not have it as a child were actually exposed and are also immune. If you are exposed to chicken pox while pregnant and you did not have it as a child then your doctor should test your antibodies to see if you are immune. If you are not immune then you need a shot called vzig. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
12 wks pregnant, coworker has shingles. Been around her a lot lately. I had chicken pox when I was younger. do I need to get a vaccine or something?
27wks pregnant & my nephew have chicken pox. I had chicken pox when I was 3. I am just worried that it would harm my baby if a member has chicken pox?
Relax: Your fetus is sharing the antibodies you developed when you had cpx at 3, so neither you or your baby have any risk. Even if you never had cpx, the risk to a developing fetus at that stage (if it got it) is small. There are cases where minor skin scarring was noted, but cpx is not the big risk that many other infections are to a fetus. ...Read more
What to do if I have chicken pox when I was on my 3 or 4 months of pregnancy..could it harm my baby?
Yes it can: Most babies are born healthy even if their mother does get Chicken Pox during pregnancy But early pregnancy Chickrn Pox can infect the fetus and can cause severe birth defects such as small deformed arms and legs,skin scars,eye problems,mental retardation,prematurity and early death. This rare condition is known as Congenital Varicella Syndrome.It usually happens in first trimester up to 3 months ...Read more
Yes: Chickenpox in childhood should give you lifelong immunity. If unsure, your OB can check for the antibody (blood test) to make sure you're protected. However, make sure it is chickenpox and not some other viral infection (ie - parvovirus, cocksackie, etc) that can affect your pregnancy. If you're not sure, stay away and call your doc. ...Read more
I am 19 weeks pregnant. A co-worker has shingles. I've had chicken pox as a kid, but should I be worried to be around her?
My 2yo recieved chicken pox vaccine yesterday. I am pregnant and not sure if im inmune (waiting results). Can it be contagious to be around him?
Can you catch chicken pox from someone who recently received vaccine? Specifically if you are pregnant or newborn
Yes,but: It is rare but possible for someone to pass the weakened vaccine virus & that can produce a minimal rash producing illness similar to wild chickenpox. It won't pass to those that are immune or newborns of mothers who had chickenpox (who provide transient immunity to baby through the placenta during pregnancy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi im nearly 9weeks pregnant and work in a nursery there is a case of chicken pox going around and suspected hand foot and mouth is this safe for baby?
Find out immunity: You should have your doctor see if you are immune to chicken pox. If you are you don't have to worry about that. ...Read more
Maybe,maybe not : Most adults are immune, even when they don't remember having CPX (96%). If so, there is no effect.If not, a woman can have a mild or more intense case, with variable effect on the fetus ( ...Read more
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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