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Could chicken pox scar developing teeth?

Could chicken pox scar developing teeth?

I am not sure: What the reference is to developing teeth but chicken pox lesions can become scarred. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Usually: Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and your dermatologist) told you not to pick at things on your skin! if you can protect the pustule from scratching damage, it usually heals with a minimal scar unless it gets infected with bacteria. ...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 herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...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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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Maybe,maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

Is shingles just as contagious as chicken pox?

No: Chickenpox can be passed by both airborn droplets in a cough and the debris from a leaking blister. Zoster does not involve a phaze with virus in your mucous so airborn spread is not likely;however, it can be passed by direct contact with the debris from leaking blisters. ...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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Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? herpes? impetigo?

Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? herpes? impetigo?

Uncertain: This could be recurrent viral infection such as herpes or dyshydrotic eczema or infection of other type. Without knowing the rest of your health status this is best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine stop you from getting shingles too?

Does the chicken pox vaccine stop you from getting shingles too?

No: The weakened varicella virus acts like the wild one. However, data to date show the frequency of shingles after the vaccine is lower than that of the wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted. ...Read more

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Shingles on lips, treatment?

Shingles on lips, treatment?

Are you sure?: It would be very unusual to have shingles just on the lips, without lesions on one side of the face. If the lesions are only on your lips, it's more likely to be herpes simplex than shingles. ...Read more

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Are scabies similer to shingles?

Not at all: With shingles you get painful blisters in a linear band on one side of your body. Scabies gives you itching, virtually always on both sides of your body, with no blisters. ...Read more

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Can i cover oozing poison ivy blisters?!

Can i cover oozing poison ivy blisters?!

Yes: The material oozing from the blisters is simple body serum like you would have from a burn blister.The area should be kept clean and watched for redness or swelling that would indicate a secondary bacterial infection. Covering the area is fine but the site should be watched.The ooze does not spread poison ivy. ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Can a vaccinated person catch chicken pox from somebody's shingles?

Unlikely an issue: A properly vaccinated kid would have about a 5 % risk of ever getting varicella.Ophthalmic shingles is only contagious through the debris from the lesions, not though droplets like regular chickenpox. If the vaccinated child did not have direct contact with the lesions or debris there would be no risk of infection. ...Read more

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more