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Can I get chickenpox twice?

Can I get chickenpox twice?

Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more


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How is chickenpox transmitted?

How is chickenpox transmitted?

Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chickenpox?

What sort of disease is chickenpox?

It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read more

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In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?

Not likely: You may have been tested at some time for antibodies for the varicella-zoster virus. If positive you have had varicella (chicken pox) at some time in the past. ...Read more

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Where and how do chickenpox start?

The rash: Starts on the head around the hairline and erupts in clusters over the face and torso mostly. It starts as red spots that develop small vesicles in the middle and then turn into blisters before crusting over. At any time, there are lesions at different stages. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chickenpox?

What are the tests for chickenpox?

Physical exam: Chickenpox is diagnosed by physical exam. Due to the widespread use of the varivax vaccine against the illness, it does not occur very commonly these days, saving the lives of about 100 children a year. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is chickenpox by history and exam. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chickenpox anymore?

What are the causes of chickenpox anymore?

Same as before: The wild varicella virus still causes infections in a variety of locations around the world. Since the disease is contagious for at least a day before a person breaks out, it can be passed by an unsuspecting person on to unvaccinated people easily. Acquisition after brief exposure runs > 90% in susceptible populations.If present anywhere in the world aircraft can bring it to your mall tomorrow. ...Read more

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What is the chance of an adult getting chickenpox?

What is the chance of an adult  getting chickenpox?

It depends: It depends on your immunization status (there is a childhood vaccine for chickenpox now), and your exposure (the people around you). If you are unimmunized and never had exposure to the illness, exposure as an adult will likely result in chickenpox. Most unimmunized adults were exposed as children and developed natural immunity without knowing it. ...Read more

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Can you get chickenpox twice?

Yes: If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule. ...Read more

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Does having mild chickenpox the first time mean you can have it twice?

Does having mild chickenpox the first time mean you can have it twice?

Not necessarily: Having the chicken pox, whether mild or severe, generates antibodies to fight the infection. That being said, there are types when a person gets CP but doesn't seroconvert - they don't form the "memory" antibodies against the disease - those individuals can get CP again. It has nothing to do with the severity of their infection, but a general issue with their immune response to that virus. ...Read more

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