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My 82 year-old grandma in China is suffering from varicella pneumonia. Is there any over-the-counter drugs I can purchase from US that would help her?
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
Only one Virus: Varicella is also called Chicjken Pox and the virus which causes Chicken Pox is called Varicella Virus.This virus can also cause Shingles(Herpes Zoster) in patients who have had Chicken pox in the past as virus get activated and attacks a nerve to cause rash and pain of Shingles There is only one Varicella Virus causing two diaseses in same person ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...Read more
RASH, FEVER COUGH: A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over fever abdominal pain or loss of appetite mild headache general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability a dry cough headache. ...Read more
I was vaccinated as a baby for varicella yet i got it when i was in russia age 8 how is that possible?
Yes: This vaccine is a modified strain of the wild varicella virus & is thought to confer lifelong immunity in 85 -90 % of kids after 1 dose. A second dose was initially recommended only to teenagers at first, but now we generally want all kids to have at least two, to pick up the stragglers with poor initial response.Long term protection is a feature of other viral vaccines. ...Read more
I had varicella as an adult and wondered if I am at risk for other childhood diseases,none of which I had as a child.Thank you.
Vaccinated?: If you were fully immunized as a child, you are most likely safe from contracting most other childhood diseases. That being said, a percentage of fully immunized people may not fully respond to the vaccines and still be susceptible. Your doctor can check titers to see if you are one of these people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If got the varicella shot today, will it cause any negative reactions if i did have the disease but can't remember when? Is it detrimental 2 my body?
No: You could have some mild symptoms from the immune response, but it shouldn't cause you any problems. ...Read more
Odd question: You have not provided the age of the baby, which is very important.If you got varicella, baby has NO immunity to it and if a newborn may die if not closely monitored and treated.Since you were contageous before you got the rash, baby has been exposed and will break out in 10-21 days.Case severity can very tremendously and baby needs close monitoring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: If you are referring to a blood test, it would mean there is no evidence of a prior varicella infection and no immunity.If it refers to a specimin i send to the lab for pcr it means no vz was found in the specimin. ...Read more
Not long: Usually 2 houers or lessGet a more detailed answer ›
It's quite a story!: After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye. The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer