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What are the best ways to prevent chickenpox?

What are the best ways to prevent chickenpox?

Vaccine: This are routine for children, should be offered to adults with no history of chicken pox. Much more serious in adults than children. ...Read more

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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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What can we take to prevent chickenpox?

Vaccine: The varicella vaccine is effective at preventing both chicken pox and shingles. Recent recommendations are to have a second dosage about 5 years from the first. This increases immunity. ...Read more

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How to prevent getting chickenpox from an infected person?

How to prevent getting chickenpox from an infected person?

Depends on variables: Most adults had chickenpox in childhood and it may have gone unrecognized. Of those that did not, exposure to a child with wild chickenpox can infect them as easily as any unimmunized child within minutes. Airborne droplets or debris is the source.Blood tests can show an adult that they did have it in the past.If not, vaccination would be a prudent action. ...Read more

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If I get chickenpox at this age, can it leave any marks on my skin? And if yes how to prevent or minimize these marks?!

If I get chickenpox at this age, can it leave any marks on my skin? And if yes how to prevent or minimize these marks?!

Sure Can!: Getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent the disease, as well as any potential scarring! If you get disease, keep the skin clean and dry, and treat any evolving surrounding red areas with a topical antibiotic. It's the bacterial infection surrounding ( and complicating) the pox viral infection that tend to cause worse scars. ...Read more

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I had been recently in contact with a adult infected with chickenpox . I never had a chickenpox before. Is there any way i can prevent myself from it?

I had been recently in contact with a adult infected with chickenpox . I never had a chickenpox before. Is there any way i can prevent myself from it?

Get vaccinated: It's not too late to get vaccinated against varicella, as post exposure immunization sometimes helps prevent infection or reduce symptoms if administered shortly after exposure. ...Read more

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I had been vaccinated at the age of 2 or so. I never had chickenpox. Will it make me immune from chickenpox for lifetime? Else how could i prevent it?

I had been vaccinated at the age of 2 or so.
I never had chickenpox.
Will it make me immune from chickenpox for lifetime?
Else how could i prevent it?

Mostly yes: It should but no vaccine is 100% protective lifelong. Human immune systems vary and the response/memory wanes over time. You can get a blood test to check your immunity to Varicella. Also, you may still get Shingles later in life due to the waning immunity issue. Shingles is the same virus as Chicken pox. ...Read more

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I have chickenpox now what cream should i use? I am using aciclovir cream right now will it prevent scars?

I have chickenpox now what cream should i use? I am using aciclovir cream right now will it prevent scars?

Waste of effort: These sites need only to be kept clean and they will heal fine.The use of peroxide (blotted dry afterward or an antibacterial soap is all that is necessary. The cream you are using makes little or no difference in the outcome.As long as you don't pick at them which can deepen the wound, the scarring is transient, fading within a year. ...Read more

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I am an adult who has never had chickenpox. Is there a vaccine i can get? My neighbor's children recently came down with chickenpox. I'm afraid i might catch it as an adult. What can I do to prevent infection? .

I am an adult who has never had chickenpox. Is there a vaccine i can get? My neighbor's children recently came down with chickenpox. I'm afraid i might catch it as an adult. What can I do to prevent infection?

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The : The following information is taken from the us cdc: varicella (chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease that is very uncomfortable and sometimes serious. The chickenpox vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. The vaccine is made from weakened varicella virus that produces an immune response in your body that protects you against chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine was licensed for use in the United States in 1995. Since then, the vaccine has become widely used. Thanks to the chickenpox vaccine, the number of people who get chickenpox each year as well as hospitalizations and deaths from chickenpox have gone down dramatically in the United States. Persons aged >13 years persons aged >13 years without evidence of varicella immunity should receive two 0.5-ml doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine administered subcutaneously, 4--8 weeks apart. If >8 weeks elapse after the first dose, the second dose may be administered without restarting the schedule. Only single-antigen varicella vaccine may be used for vaccination of persons in this age group. Mmrv is not licensed for use among persons aged >13 years. School-aged children, college students, and students in other postsecondary educational institutions all students should be assessed for varicella immunity, and those without evidence of immunity should routinely receive 2 doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine 4--8 weeks apart. The risk for transmission of varicella among school-aged children, college students, and students in other postsecondary educational institutions can be high because of high contact rates. Other adults all healthy adults should be assessed for varicella immunity, and those who do not have evidence of immunity should receive 2 doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine 4--8 weeks apart. Adults who might be at increased risk for exposure or transmission and who do not have evidence of immunity should receive special consideration for vaccination, including 1) hcp, 2) household contacts of immunocompromised persons, 3) persons who live or work in environments in which transmission of VZV is likely (e.g., teachers, day-care employees, residents and staff in institutional settings), 4) persons who live or work in environments in which transmission has been reported (e.g., college students, inmates and staff members of correctional institutions, and military personnel), 5) nonpregnant women of childbearing age, 6) adolescents and adults living in households with children, and 7) international travelers. ...Read more

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How long should I prevent from pregnancy after the chickenpox vaccine injection?

How long should I prevent from pregnancy after the chickenpox vaccine injection?

I month: Cdc recommends waiting 1 month minimum after receiving live vaccine because of the theoretical risk to a fetus. No studies--have ever shown actual harm but cdc feels it prudent to be careful. In women who have had natural infection & fetus developed congenital varicella syndrome, the babies have had serious consequences. If vaccinated & pregnant by accident, baby should be fine but try to avoid. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get rid of chickenpox scars?

What's the best way to get rid of chickenpox scars?

You can't: Unfortunately you can't "get rid" of scars. They can be made to be less noticeable but this depends on the scars appearance. Often what makes chicken pox scars more noticeable is that they are depressed or indented. Sometimes fillers can help them, cutting the scar out and closing it in a line that hides in the natural wrinkles can work very well. There are lasers that may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent chicken pox from getting to my face?

Are there any good ways to prevent chicken pox from getting to my face?

You can't: The eruption pattern of chickenpox is determined by where the blood flows and where the germ decides to cause a blister. It tends to affect the face and neck more in some than others, but unless you shud down blood flow to your facial skin, you can break out in this area. ...Read more

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How can I prevent chicken pox?

Vaccine & Avoidance: Prevention of contracting chicken pox is only through immunization or through avoidance of those who have chicken pox. The difficulty with the latter is that there will be individuals who have chicken pox but have not yet exhibited symptoms who will be contagious (hard to avoid contagious individuals who don't yet show any symptoms.). ...Read more

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How can one prevent the spread of chicken pox in his household?

How can one prevent the spread of chicken pox in his household?

Vaccination: The chickenpox is contageous for about 24hrs before the rash comes out in in most cases.The virus is in the saliva/cough or spots. Any susceptible person living in the same household will likely get it because of the unrecognised early exposure.Incubation ranges 10-21 days.Isolation & hand washing might help but has minimal benefit,since a cough will launch the virus into the air. ...Read more

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How to get the chicken pox on purpose? Neighbor said that prevents problems later

Get vaccinated: It's better to be vaccinated against chickenpox. You're less likely to have complications. ...Read more

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How do i prevent other children from having chicken pox cos my 12 months old son had one 4 days ago?

How do i prevent other children from having chicken pox cos my 12 months old son had one 4 days ago?

Hard to say: Most are protected if they had recommended vaccine at 1 & 4--5 years of age. If none are vaccinated, it is likely too late to prevent it. Kids are often contagious a day before any symptoms, and being in the same room for an hour is enough exposure to pass it. Waiting period is 10-21 days before symptoms appear. ...Read more

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33 yr old female, never have had chicken pox. Should I take the shot that is given? Will I get chicken pox or will help prevent it?

33 yr old female, never have had chicken pox. Should I take the shot that is given? Will I get chicken pox or will help prevent it?

Must take vaccine: You must take the vaccine ASAP and it is 2 doses 1 now another one in a month..It will protect you and have enough antibodies for the infant if choose to become pregnant ...Read more

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My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

You can't get it: A person might get chickenpox from exposure to debris from weeping sores of shingles.( If they never had chickenpox) You cannot catch shingles (Zoster) from a person with shingles. ...Read more

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