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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor that was a significant cause of death before ...Read more


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I'm curious, when a child gets the chicken pox vacine, are they contageous with the chicken pox?

I'm curious, when a child gets the chicken pox vacine, are they contageous with the chicken pox?

Not really: There are a few kids that receive this vaccine that will breakout with blisters, however this is not the wild chickenpox. Most have fewer than 50 lesions (cpx average is 200) and they can spread the virus, but it is the weakened vaccine virus that they have and can pass. This would give kids that picked it up a chance to have the vaccine protection without a shot. ...Read more

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Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Damage by infection: The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the skin by baby's fingernails (from nose and mouth, which are chock-full of bacteria). The lesions that become bacteria-contaminated often have deeper skin damage, and that is what leads to the scarring-it's all about depth of injury, just like burns! ...Read more

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Infant with primum asd of 2.6 mm, considered small. Would it close on its own?

Infant with primum asd of 2.6 mm, considered small. Would it close on its own?

most likely: Repeat echo in a few months or your board certified pediatrician can follow clinically. ...Read more

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When a child gets the chicken pox vaccine, are they contagious with chicken pox?

When a child gets the chicken pox vaccine, are they contagious with chicken pox?

No, but : A few kids will develop an atypical vaccine response and have a few blisters come up. The blisters will contain viral particles that represent the weakened vaccine strain.These could be passed on by direct contact to an unvaccinated person.They would likely not have any outward symptoms but would then be immune as if s/he had been vaccinated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people with eczema to survive the small pox vaccine?

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Is it possible for people with eczema to survive the small pox vaccine?

Yes: According to the data accumulated before 1970, mortality rate among individuals who developed eczema vaccinatum was 10% (30-40% for children under age 2). ...Read more

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I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine. Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?

I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine.  Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?

Very much so: The last 2 chickenpox deaths in my town included a newborn and a 22 yo otherwise normal adult. You may have had the cpx but never known (90%+ of adults) & you could have a blood test done to see, but the vaccine would be quicker & a cheep insurance against a bad disease. ...Read more

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Son has cut. Applied A&D for 2 days. Is bout the size of a dime but has red around it bigger than a 50 cent piece. Has scab. Is it infected?

Son has cut. Applied A&D for 2 days. Is bout the size of a dime but has red around it bigger than a 50 cent piece. Has scab. Is it infected?

Likely: A&D ointment has probably done nothing but interfere with the bodies attempt to heal the cut.I would have it looked at before it spreads. ...Read more

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Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?

Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?

Shingles: Once you have had shingles, it means that you already had or were infected with chicken pox years before. Would be very rare to get chicken pox again. Shingles vaccine is always a good idea to reduce chance of repeat shingles in future or to at least reduce severity if it happened again. ...Read more

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Is roseola no longer contagious once the rash has come out?

Is roseola no longer contagious once the rash has come out?

More or less: Since this virus is contagious before the fever or rash occurs great efforts to exclude the kid from contact with others is not very helpful. They can return to day care or school 24-48 hrs after the fever is gone even if some rash persists. Routine efforts to limit exposure to saliva should continue as it would before the illness. ...Read more

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Is there really no issue to be around newborns after getting the chicken pox vaccination?

Is there really no issue to be around newborns after getting the chicken pox vaccination?

Yes it is safe: C pox vaccine is a live vaccine that could in theory be contagious if the person who got the vaccine develops a c pox rash; this is extremely uncommon, so if you develop the rash after the vaccine dont have contact with the newborn until the rash resolves. ...Read more

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Is it guaranteed that a person who's taken the varicella vaccine won't contract chicken pox?

Is it guaranteed that a person who's taken the varicella vaccine won't contract chicken pox?

No guarantees: No vaccine is 100% effective, so it's impossible to guarantee immunity, but it definitely lowers your risk. ...Read more

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Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

Is there a chickenpox vaccine?

Yes: The present vaccine is derived from the oki strain developed in japan in the 1970's & in limited use in the us until ~1995. It is effective in children, teens or adults. It is usually given first at a year of age as earlier doses are not as effective. A booster is given at 4-5 or per your physicians schedule. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine?

Is there a difference between the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine?

Vaccines : The chicken pox vaccine prevents chicken pox; the shingles vaccine prevents shingles... In theory this is the answer. Also, in theory if you get the chicken pox vaccine you cannot get chicken pox and since you have to have had chicken pox to get shingles then you can never get shingles if you have not had chicken pox. As your md for a details of your particular situation. ...Read more

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At what times is chicken pox contagious?

At what times is chicken pox contagious?

Prior to spots + 7: Unfortunately CP is often passed in oro-nasal secretions for 1-2 days before the first spots appear.(leading to frustration on finding source) debris from blisters can spread CP until the last blisters have dried. Some offer 1 day before until day 7 of the rash as the general period of infectivity. ...Read more

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4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face. He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine. Is he protected?

4 y/o babysitter has shingles on face.  He's only had one dose of chicken pox vaccine.  Is he protected?

Maybe ok, but...: In such a situation, where a 4 year-old is exposed to the virus, he can go get his second chicken pox vaccine today and boost his immunity. This second shot is usually given at age 4 or 5 years anyway. ...Read more