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My cousin has chickenpox and I came in contact with him. How contagious is it?

My cousin has chickenpox and I came in contact with him. How contagious is it?

Very contagious: Chicken pox (varicella) is very contagious. If you previously were vaccinated or have had the disease, your chances of getting it are very low. If you have not had the disease or the vaccine, and you were just exposed, you potentially can get vaccinated to try to help protect you. Contact your physician. You can also call the cdc hotline at 1800 232 2522 and ask for advice for free. ...Read more

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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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Are my sons chickenpox contagious if I never had it?

Are my sons chickenpox contagious if I never had it?

Yes: Adults who have never had chickenpox (varicella) can get the disease if they are not immune. I t can be severe in adults and cause pneumonia and other problems. Call your physician because potentially you can be vaccinated if you were recently exposed or you can be potentially given antiviral medication. ...Read more

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Should I go to class with chickenpox? How contagious is it?

Highly!: It would be good for both you, and your classmates to stay home to recover until all of your blisters are completely scabbed and dry. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if chickenpox can still be contagious if it'sbeen 1 week?

Wanted to know if chickenpox can still be contagious if it'sbeen 1 week?

Depends: The chickenpox is considered contagious from 24-48 hours before the first spot appears.It continues to be contagious until the last lesion has dried, generally 6 days after they appear. If it has been a full week, the contagious period has likely passed. If your sores are still draining, the debris may have infectious material. ...Read more

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When is chickenpox not contagious anymore?

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

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Should I go to school if I have mild chickenpox? How long is it contagious for?

Should I go to school if I have mild chickenpox? How long is it contagious for?

No/a week: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses known, passing in saliva, droplets of a cough or direct contact with the wounds. Patients are contagious from the day before their first spot until the last one is dry,usually a week.Chickenpox, while often mild, can produce a fatal pneumonia in an adult and increases ones risk of invasive flesh eating bacteria by 50X. ...Read more

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Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

Chicken pox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. ...Read more

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If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? what can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?

If I am taking treatment for shingles, am I still contagious? what can I do to not spread the chickenpox virus with people around me?

About shingles: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious ...Read more

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I am on my 11th day of chickenpox i hav only few blister left to dry . Can i eat chicken and what should i avoid eating and how long am i contagious?

I am on my 11th day of chickenpox i hav only few blister left to dry . Can i eat chicken and what should i avoid eating and how long am i contagious?

Almost there: If you have no new lesions and all the old ones are dry and crusted over you are no longer contagious. And chicken pox has nothing to do with chicken or your ability to eat it. ...Read more

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What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.

What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.

Viral Exanthem: This is not a specific disease. It is a virus with an exanthem (rash) an a fever. Few days of supportive care with fluids, acetaminophen/iburofen and should be good as new. The lesions may not be contagious but the virus surely is. ...Read more

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My cousin has chickenpox and I came in contact with him. When will I break out in the rash?

My cousin has chickenpox and I came in contact with him. When will I break out in the rash?

Depends: At a listed age of 37, it is likely you had it as a kid and are not susceptible.About 96% of adults who do not remember having it test positive for immunity.The incubation period for those who are is 10-21 days from first contact until the rash appears. ...Read more

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How long does chickenpox take to come out after being in contact with someone who has it?

14 days: The incubation period is about 14 days. The range is between 10 and 21 days. If you have had the vaccine then it is unlikely you will get chicken pox. ...Read more

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How long do chickenpox take to pop out if you have been in contact with someone who has it?

How long do chickenpox take to pop out if you have been in contact with someone who has it?

10-21 days: Chicken pox rash occurs 10-21 days after coming into contact with the virus. Chicken pox is very contagious and travels through the air. People are contagious for 1-2 days before the rash appears and continue to be contagious until all of the lesions scab over. ...Read more

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I had been recently in contact with a adult infected with chickenpox . I never had a chickenpox before. Is there any way i can prevent myself from it?

I had been recently in contact with a adult infected with chickenpox . I never had a chickenpox before. Is there any way i can prevent myself from it?

Get vaccinated: It's not too late to get vaccinated against varicella, as post exposure immunization sometimes helps prevent infection or reduce symptoms if administered shortly after exposure. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has some fever and aches now, but he had contact with child that developed chickenpox.?

My 4 year old has some fever and aches now, but he had contact with child that developed chickenpox.?

If no rash...: ...Then it's unlikely to be chicken pox, although not unheard of. Fever and aches accompany pretty much any viral illness of childhood, and there are literally hundreds of them. If it persists or gets worse, let your pediatrician have a look. ...Read more

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Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

Is atypical chicken pox contagious?

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 more

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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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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more