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What Does Chickenpox Feel Like
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
Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like chickenpox? What tests are needed?
Personalized???: Dx and rx of something like chickenpox is part of medical care. For most of us it is a visual (i look at it) DX when paired with a history of how it started. No specific tests are needed & rx is directed at pt comfort. If you are asking about specific contracted care with a concierge dr; that would depend on the wording of your agreement. ...Read more
I would like yo know that I have suffered and recovered from chickenpox. Its been totally 30 from first day of occurrence. I want to know tha?
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I had chickenpox as a child but when tested I was told I am still not immune and can get it again. Why did I not become immune like everyone else?
Immunity can fade: For most immunity is permanent in the majority of people given varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. There are exceptions and immunity can fade even in healthy people. Vaccine should be re-administered if you do not show evidence of immunity (two doses of vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks). Unlikely immune deficiency if otherwise well. Recheck titers 4-8 weeks post-vaccination to gauge response. ...Read more
Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read more
?? confusing question: Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr, usually kids, killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare. Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox. ...Read more
Varicella: Has been around since the 1600s and has mainly been described in children. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and even the reason for the name is disputed. It occurs in other primates, chimpanzees and gorillas. This is an interesting question and any other input to the answer would be appreciated. Thanks! ...Read more
Physical exam: Chickenpox is diagnosed by physical exam. Due to the widespread use of the varivax vaccine against the illness, it does not occur very commonly these days, saving the lives of about 100 children a year. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is chickenpox by history and exam. ...Read more
If you have had natural chickenpox disease, you should not get this illness again. I am assuming you have a normal immune system on this one. Any of us who have had chicken pox in the past may get a reactivation of the virus in the form of "shingles"
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-topic-overview ...Read more
It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read more
A long time: The chickenpox is considered contagious from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash until the last new blister is dried out. Generally this is 6-7 days after eruption. A trip outside would probably be fine if those you are in contact with have had cpx in the past or the vaccine. Your skin will be more sensative to sunlight for a while so take precautions. ...Read more
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
Rare but worrisome: In the pre-vaccine era we had 50 deaths, 10000 hospitilizations and in excess of 2 million cases/yr. Those infected have a 50X increase in risk of invasive strep bacteria through the skin sores. Chickenpox can produce a terrible pneumonia in newborns and adults, but most will have a mild disease. Later in life, the germ can return from hibernation in your body and cause shingles. ...Read more
Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most easily spread illnesses, passing in droplets in the air, in saliva and from contact with the blister debris. If your not immune, but exposed, there is 95% chance of acquiring the disease. It is contagious from 24-48 hours prior to the first blister is seen until the last blister has dried, roughly a week. ...Read more
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
Same as before: The wild varicella virus still causes infections in a variety of locations around the world. Since the disease is contagious for at least a day before a person breaks out, it can be passed by an unsuspecting person on to unvaccinated people easily. Acquisition after brief exposure runs > 90% in susceptible populations. If present anywhere in the world aircraft can bring it to your mall tomorrow. ...Read more
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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