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Like Chickenpox But Not
Shingles?: Many types of skin rashes can look like chicken pox blisters. It is best to be evaluated by your primary care doctor or see a dermatologist. The most common rash that looks like chicken pox is shingles. Both rashes are caused by varicella zoster virus (vzv). Shingles is technically a reactivation of the chicken pox virus in adults. ...Read more
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
Location/spread ??: Chickenpox is a body wide infection with varicella virus that has come to the skin surface at the end of the prodrome period. The pox come out in crops of new blisters of various size & stage over a 5-7 day period. Shingles is the return of the varicella virus from hibernation in a nerve and limits its pain & blistering to the area of skin supplied by the nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that I never developed immunity to chicken pox even though I caught it in pre-school?
Yes.: It is indeed possible that your body did not make sufficient levels of antibodies to make you immune to chickenpox. But it is also possible that you never had chickenpox in the first place; multiple other viruses produce similar-looking rashes, and back in the day, many doctors assumed every rash was either measles or chickenpox. ...Read more
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
Yes: The chickenpox vaccine protected you from wild chickenpox. It was not designed to or promoted as protection against shingles. In fact recipients of the vaccine do get shingles but at a lower rate than those having wild chickenpox. When you are old enough, you can get the shingles vaccine,which is like the CPX vaccine only much stronger & designed to "wake up" your immune system to prevent shingles ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heat rash or shingles on face. Not painful like shingles but used to have it many of times as a child. Want to make sure it's not shingles
Specific location: Shingles are going to be localized to the distribution of a specific nerve root & only on one side of the face.(never crosses the midline) It is often most painful before the spots emerge & rarely happens more than once.I've seen it as early as 15 months but it is unusual before late adulthood. If this happens repeatedly it is likely something else. An exam can confirm or exclude shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Opposite is true: You will only have shingles if you had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine in the past.You may not remember having chickenpox, or it may have been called something else when you had it, but you must have the germ hibernating in your body for it to come out later as the shingles. ...Read more
When last spot dry: The contagious period of chickenpox extends from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash for six to seven days.Over that period the average person will have 200 to 300 spots, that go through stages and dry.As these all reach the crusted dry stage, or 6-7 days out, you are no longer contagious. ...Read more
Spots that look like chicken pox even though my daughter has already had them as a child and is now 24. What else could it be?
Shingles: The chicken pox virus (herpes zoster) can show up again later in life as shingles. The spots of shingles look like chicken pox but usually show up on just one part of the body. Herpes simplex virus can give a similar looking rash. She should see her doctor to determine what the rash is. ...Read more
When the chicken pox has crusted over that means your not contagious anymore, But if you accidently scratch one off does it become contagious again?
Unlikely: The contagious period for cpx is considered the first week after eruptions start.By that point,the body has surrounded virus with antibodies and they go to the skin surface to die (in blisters)The early blisters do have contagious viral particles but most of what you would get pulling a scab off is just body serum, with no viral particles.It would be a reasonable precaution to wash/cover that area ...Read more
I have not had any symptoms of chicken pox but I have red bumps on my chest stomach neck and bavk . Could it be chicken pox. They are not pimbles.
I keep getting reocurrent mild pityriasis rosea spots. i wonder if its related by not being vaccinated for Varicella as a kid(but never had chickenpox?
I have a sore throat but no fever. Could it be allergies? I have been coughing as well but it doesn't feel like strep, but could it be?
Not sure if I have perioral or seborrhea dermatitis? They both seem very similar. Itchy, inflammation, with a little bit of puss. No blisters though.
When I get a cold and fever I get a Herpes-zoster like outbreak around the nose, but not that because the pain is not as great. What could it be?
Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Healing lesions are usually brown and dry, and with time should assume the color of the surrounding skin. Moisturizing may help it normalize faster. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get shingles if I never had chicken pox?? Or does it always have to be a reactivation of the chicken pox virus? Thanks.
Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like chickenpox? What tests are needed?
Personalized ???: Dx and rx of something like chickenpox is part of medical care. For most of us it is a visual ( i look at it) DX when paired with a history of how it started. No specific tests are needed & rx is directed at pt comfort. If you are asking about specific contracted care with a concierge dr; that would depend on the wording of your agreement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Some lesions look like teardrops and some will look excoriated and some will be crusty--in otherwords the lesions will be in various stages----also the scalp, mouth and vaginal area are likely to have lesions. ...Read more
There are some small red dots inside my skin.not like chickenpox, and feel nothing.whats that exactly?
Rash: Without seeing the skin eruption it is virtually impossible to make any reasonable guess as to what this might be. Show it to your local doctor or see a dermatologist. Do not know where you are in Italy but there are many outstanding physicians there whom I have met. Go and be seen. Buona fortuna. ...Read more
My daughter is 7 can she get chickenpox even though she was vaccinated? On her back she has two bumps that look like chickenpox but, i'm not sure.
95% success: At age 7 your kid would have received 2 doses of varicella vaccine at 1 & 4-5 yrs. That has been shown to provide 95% with long term immunity.Cpx usually comes up first on the neck before spreading. Blisters arise and mature in less than a day and come up in crops for days.I doubt she has Cpx but cannot be sure without exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi there I have what looks to be kind a like chickenpox on my stomach I don't think it's chickenpox so any suggestions or ideas?
While a picture: might be best, chicken pox causes 2-3 mm elliptical, fluid-filled blisters on a patch of red, raised skin. Other viral illnesses including herpes simplex/small pox produce blisters that are 2-3 times larger. Chicken pox starts on face and scalp and moves to trunk/extremities; Coxsackie distributes mainly to hands/feet/mouth. Echovirus associated with meningitis; Rickettsialpox with mice. SEE DOC. ...Read more
My babys baby acne is spreading on her body .. starting to look like chickenpox. .. help! (4 wks old)?
Baby Acne: The baby acne is a common event that reflects hormones transferred during the pregnancy. While the baby is floating in moisture, the skin is will not respond, but within 1-3 weeks after birth they break out for many weeks until the hormone levels drop & the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean ; avoiding irritating soaps helps If it persists > 3mo see the doc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blisters on my scalp and forearms. My left arm looks like chickenpox bumps and the right looks like scabies with 4 tracks coming out of 1 large bump?
Post a photo: Many things can look as described. Both chicken pox (unlikely) and scabies are intensely itchy. Scabies does not form visible blisters but tracks with bumps spread out at relatively even intervals. Other viral illnesses can cause rashes similar to what you describe as can contact reactions. ...Read more
Don't know what it: Is. Does it itch? If yes, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or calamine lotion can sometimes help to reduce itching. A rash from chickenpox often occurs first on trunk (chest/back) ; then moves to face ; then extremities. The rash becomes blisters that itch. Blisters usually have all transformed into scabs in about a week. There are usually around 100 to 300 lesions (more on adults than small children). ...Read more
My 3 year got chickenpox. Would like to know, even though I had chicken pox as a child, can I still be a carrier and still infect people around me?
No, but...: Life can surprise you sometimes. Occasionally, a person gets chicken pox twice, probably because he did not develop enough antibodies. Such a person would be contagious from his rash, coughs, and sneezes. Otherwise, people who already had chicken pox don't carry it in their coughs and sneezes, but can transmit their children's viruses by touching their children and then touching uninfected people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I would like yo know that i have suffered and recovered from chickenpox. Its been totally 30 from first day of occurrence. I want to know tha?
Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review & submit a concise question that reflects the info submitted.You have not. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had chickenpox as a child but when tested I was told I am still not immune and can get it again. Why did I not become immune like everyone else?
Immunity can fade: For most immunity is permanent in the majority of people given varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. There are exceptions and immunity can fade even in healthy people. Vaccine should be re-administered if you do not show evidence of immunity (two doses of vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks). Unlikely immune deficiency if otherwise well. Recheck titers 4-8 weeks post-vaccination to gauge response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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