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Varicella Contagious Period
Almost 6 days after provera (medroxyprogesterone).. I feel cramped no period. I need varicella shot. Is it important? On metformin and insulin. Nothing else to get pregnant fas
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
5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?
Probably too late: The difficult thing about controlling chickenpox is its contageous period. Kids are often most contagious 1-2 days before they break out & may have no other symptoms. You may get lucky & avoid it, but 10-21 days after first true exposure your infant may or may not develop the illness. ...Read more
I don't know if this rash developed over a 3 day period is an allergic reaction, or could be shingles, or even another type virus. I have never had chicken pox as a child, i confirmed this with my mom?
Get it checked: Trying to diagnose a rash by phone or email is the most frustrating thing in the world. It could be all those things you mentioned, a post viral rash, a contact irritation, or even a topical staph infection. A doc can give you an immediate and accurate answer as to what it is, and what to do for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a contagious viral infection. It is a reactivation of the varicella virus that causes chickenpox. You would be contagious to someone who who has never had chickenpox before or has never been vaccinated. You should keep the area covered at all times and wash your hands often. Stay clear of pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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