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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?

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?

None available: Prescription acyclovir and intravenous varicella immune globulin would be my choice for treatment. OTC meds might provide comfort but help very little if at all. It is a serious condition. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

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


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Is it bad if I eat lasgna during the final step of varicella?

I can't see why: Some people do have mouth sores with chickenpox, but I see no reason why you should limit your diet as long as you feel up to it. ...Read more

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Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

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

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What number of forms of varicella are there?

What number of forms of varicella are there?

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

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Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

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

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How does the varicella zoster spread?

How does the varicella zoster spread?

Airborn/ contact: The varicella virus is passed by new active cases by droplet (cough or secretions) and by contact with debris from blisters. It is estimated that as few as 30 minutes in a room with a kid with chicken pox may spread it to susceptable persons. ...Read more

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Difference between herpes varicella and varicella?

Difference between herpes varicella and varicella?

Confusing question: Varicella is a member of the herpes family of viruses. Its more specific name is herpes zoster. It is a cousin to but not the same as herpes simplex, the virus known to cause cold sores and genital herpes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when varicella zoster is negative?

What does it mean when varicella zoster is negative?

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

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What are the signs and symptoms of chickenpox varicella?

What are the signs and symptoms of chickenpox varicella?

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

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Is it possible for the varicella rash to appear on both sides of the body at the same time?

Is it possible for the varicella rash to appear on both sides of the body at the same time?

Yes it is: Lesions generally begin on the chest or back and then spread to the face, neck, arms, and legs. Children usually run fever for several days. In addition to this, they may have a runny nose, sore throat and/or cough. ...Read more

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I was vaccinated as a baby for varicella yet I got it when I was in russia age 8 how is that possible?

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

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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.

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

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How would you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is in layman's terms?

How would you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is in layman's terms?

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

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What are the signs for chicken pox varicella?

What are the signs for chicken pox varicella?

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

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What is the cost of the varicella vaccine?

What is the cost of the varicella vaccine?

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

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How long does varicella immunizations last?

How long does varicella immunizations last?

20 years or mor: We only have twenty years experience sice japan and 15 years in us.
It last at least 20 years and only times will tell. How long more it lasts. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of varicella zoster (shingles)?

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

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How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

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

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If titer for varicella is high, does that give immunity to shingles? Means no shingles shot necessary? Thanks

Correct: You do not need the shingles vaccine with a high varicella titer.
Shingles is the virus lying dormant and when really stressed and overall immunity low it can come out in clusters along nerve paths.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be wonderful u have an outbreak. ...Read more

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Would an adult with cvid who had varicella as a child still have igg titers to varicella? Or would they likely we low?

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

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Could I have a meningitis shot between the two varicella shots?

Could I have a meningitis shot between the two varicella shots?

Yes you can: Yes you can get MAENINGITIS SHOT BETWEEN TWO VARICELLA VACCINES ...Read more

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Varicella vaccination side effect?

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

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If my varicella titer is low do I need a vaccination?

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

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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...Read more

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How do I interpret my lab results for my varicella and rubella titres?

How do I interpret my lab results for my varicella and rubella titres?

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

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Could I still need varicella vaccine for cna program if?

No: You don't need it if you've had chickenpox or a prior vaccine. They may require a blood test (anti-varicella igg) to prove immunity. ...Read more