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Mollusca Contagiosa Children
Yes: Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact. Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood. http://patient.info/doctor/chickenpox-pro ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Molluscum: Molluscum is caused by a virus and is a self-limited skin infection, meaning that it will resolve on its own, but can take a very long time. There are several treatments that are successful (freezing, imiquimod, etc) in shortening the course of skin lesions. Cimetidine may help, but there are potential side effects w cimetidine. Talk w your PCP or dermatologist to see which treatment is best. ...Read more
Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?
Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?
Unlikely: There is a definite association between herpes simplex type 2 and recurrent (mollaret's) meningitis, but encephalitis would be very unusual in an immune competent host. On the other hand, genital herpes can be due to type 1, and that can certainly, but uncommonly, produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis unpredictably. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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