Doctor insights on:
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
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
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 at different time in their life ...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 more
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
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
abdominal pain or loss of appetite
general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability
a dry cough
headache. ...Read more
Not long: Usually 2 houers or lessGet a more detailed answer ›
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 more
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
Recurrent chickenpo: When first infected with chickenpox (varicella) the virus remains alive in your nervous system for the rest of your life and for unclear reasons can recur, often in localized area of your body (on one side only). This latter rash is called zoster and a person who has never had chickenpox can "get" chickenpox from this rash, . ...Read more
First day...: Fever, upper respiratory symptoms. By the second day you start to see rash, which rapidly progresses from a few bumps to many, many bumps. Within the next 24 hours you have sores in three stages: bumps, fluid filled bumps called vesicles, and scabs. Intensely itchy and highly contagious. No longer contagious when all the sores are scabs and no new sores are coming. ...Read more
80 TO120 DOLLARS:
You have to pay the cost of the vaccine and administration fee. It can cost anywhere from 80 to120 dollars
But for Children vaccine for children programme, you can get it free from the health dept clinic and if your pediatrician participate in Vaccine for children programme you can get it free vaccine and pay a small administration fee. ...Read more
Only varicella virus: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often). ...Read more
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 more
Protective: That means you are protected against getting varicella and that is a good thing. ...Read more
What to do if I have to get two doses of varicella for my nursing program. Is it safe to get it only 5 days apart?
Varicella: Two to four weeks would be a better interval ...Read more
Would an adult with cvid who had varicella as a child still have igg titers to varicella? Or would they likely we low?
Low: Unless the patient is getting gammaglobulin replacement, the IgG titers to nearly everything infectious agent will be low or absent. ...Read more
Yes you can: Yes you can get MAENINGITIS SHOT BETWEEN TWO VARICELLA VACCINES ...Read more
See below: Getting chickenpox vaccine is much safer than getting chickenpox disease, but side effects can include soreness or swelling at the site of the shot, fever, mild rash, or in rare cases seizures or pneumonia. A good resource for prevention recommendations and information, including links to detailed vaccine information, is an iphone/ipod/ipad app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more
Yes: Most people should have two doses of the varicella vaccine in childhood. If you haven't had chicken pox by the time you are an adult, you should definitely get the vaccine. Chicken pox is a more serious disease in adults- can cause pneumonia, secondary infections. Make sure your children get their varicella vaccines early- at 12 months and 4 years old usually. ...Read more
Up is good: Screening titers look for evidence of past infection thru the detection of antibodies to specific germs. If your titers are above a set level, it means you have good resistance & should be immune to any exposure. If low, it means you may be at risk. ...Read more