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Doctor insights on: Viral Chickenpox

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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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What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.

What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.

Viral Exanthem: This is not a specific disease. It is a virus with an exanthem (rash) an a fever. Few days of supportive care with fluids, acetaminophen/iburofen and should be good as new. The lesions may not be contagious but the virus surely is. ...Read more

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Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Define AI: We need to clarify what ai is. After chickenpox the virus disappears but remains latent (in hiding and not infectious) in the dorsal ganglion of the neurologic system the virus will not remain in the muscle . It needs to be clarified what type of myositis you actually have. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chickenpox twice?

Is it possible to get chickenpox twice?

Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to cure chickenpox?

What's the fastest way to cure chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Treatment for chicken pox can include Acyclovir (antiviral medication). Itching can be soothed with calamine lotion ; colloidal oatmeal baths. To reduce infections from scratching blisters – keep fingernails short. Prevention is however best. The best protection against herpes varicella- zoster virus (vzu) is vaccination. ...Read more

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How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

Heals on it's own: Chickenpox will erupt over a 4-6 day period and form blisters that eventually dry & crust. Your best method of aiding recovery is keeping the skin clean, monitoring for signs of bacterial infection & supporting the kids physical needs. Good hydration & rest will help the body do its own repair work. I don't believe that any particular lotion helps, though aveno baths cut the itching.. ...Read more

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What is caposi's chickenpox?

What is caposi's chickenpox?

KVE: Kaposi varicelliform eruption (KVE) is a skin eruption caused by a variety of viral infections, which has superimposed on a person with underlying atopic dermatitis or eczema. ...Read more

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What are some things that look like chickenpox?

Number of viral rash: A number of different viral rashes look like chicken pox rash. Chicken pox, however, starts on trunk or face/scalp, and presents as bump, blister, and pustule containing cloudy fluid at the same time. ...Read more

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Are my sons chickenpox contagious if I never had it?

Are my sons chickenpox contagious if I never had it?

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 more

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How are smallpox and chickenpox distinguished from each other?

How are smallpox and chickenpox distinguished from each other?

1 exists 1doesn't: Chickenpox is a human only viral infection that is often experienced in childhood.A vaccine is available to prevent it.Chickenpox is relatively low risk with 1death/80, 000 cases.Smallpox was a human only viral infection that last caused disease in the wild in 1978.It was high risk, 30% of cases were fatal. The world health organization declared smallpox extinct. ...Read more

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