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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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Will past chicken pox cause positive IgG test?

Will past chicken pox cause positive IgG test?

? Igg for Cpx?: A past chickenpox infection should be evident if a sample is testes for chickenpox igg. As it becomes less common, a positive igg study is likely to be the new standard for proving you had it or got the vaccine and may be required for college entry, work, or other reasons. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below: Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chicken pox in pregnancy?

What are the causes of chicken pox in pregnancy?

Viral infection: Infection with varicella zoster virus causes chicken pox whether in childhood adulthood or pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes chicken pox in adults?

What causes chicken pox in adults?

Varicella Virus: It is caused by infection with VaricellaChickenPox)virus in adults and children ...Read more

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What is the cause of chicken pox in general?

Varicella Virus: Chicken Pox is caused by a virus by coming in contact with a person inftected with this virus called Varicela Virus ...Read more

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How do chicken pox cause acute glomerolu nephritis?

How do chicken pox cause acute glomerolu nephritis?

Not clear: There are a number of viral infections identified as uncommon causes for glomerulonephritis. Hepatitis b and HIV are also well known culprits. ...Read more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes I and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles. There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read more

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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

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Does putting a child who has chicken pox in a bath of water cause the marks to remain.?

Does putting a child who has chicken pox in a bath of water cause the marks to remain.?

Not likely: If the blisters are left alone and not scratched or otherwise irritated, scarring is less likely, and bathing is not likely to change the degree of reaction. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my chest that looks a lot like chicken pox except they don't itch. Could there be some other cause for this?

I have a rash on my chest that looks a lot like chicken pox except they don't itch. Could there be some other cause for this?

Rash: Yes there are other causes for such a vesicular rad saying that were you previously immunized with varicella vaccine if you did you can still get chicken pox in a modified version fewer lesions that may not itch. Other cause is viral rashes that can mimic ...Read more

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How long can the virus that causes chicken pox live on a surface or inanimate object? How do you disinfect items that may have had contact?

How long can the virus that causes chicken pox live on a surface or inanimate object? How do you disinfect items that may have had contact?

Few hours: Viruses can live on objects for a few minutes to hours. Don't know specifically for chicken pox. Go to pharmacy or dollar store and buy some disinfectant wipes or liquids. Hand sanitizers can also be used. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox usually cause many symptoms?

Does chicken pox usually cause many symptoms?

Usually Not: Mostly an itchy rash. But sometimes complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, liver disease, serious skin infections, "flesheating" bacteria, reye's syndrome and death can occur. These are fortunately rare. Immunize for prevention of any risk. ...Read more

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I ate chicken within one month after curing my chicken pox. Can I cause any problem with that?

Unrelated: The popular common name "chickenpox" has absolutely no relationship to chickens. How the name arose is unclear, but in colonial times it was used to distinguish the condition from "cowpox" or smallpox.Cowpox, a blistery condition that showed up on cow udders, was actually used to create the first vaccine for smallpox after they observed that milkmaids seldom got smallpox. ...Read more

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Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Does varicella (chicken pox) vaccine actually cause a mild form of chicken pox?

Yes 1% can get mild: 1% of patients can get a mild form of chicken pox after few days because it is live vaccine. ...Read more

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Would chicken pox have compromised my immune system to allow EBV to enter and cause problems?

Chicken pox: If you were sick at the time this happened your immune system may have had a hard time fighting both infections ...Read more

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I have red dots in my clitorus they aren't bumps almost look like chicken pox. Cause? Diagnosis? Treatment?

See your doctor: It's difficult to say what they could be without an exam. You should see your doctor and make sure it is not an STD or other type of infection. ...Read more

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What would cause this shingles rash if you are obviously immune to chicken pox because you babysat kids with it last month?

What would cause this shingles rash if you are obviously immune to chicken pox because you babysat kids with it last month?

Shingles: Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, a type of herpes virus that causes chickenpox. After you have had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in your nerve roots and remains inactive until, in some people, it flares up again. When the virus becomes active again, you get shingles instead of chickenpox. ...Read more

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Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Well chicken pox: Affects all organs. I do not know that it might cause renal failure on its own. But say you had borderline function already and then you got the virus. It is possible it would tip you over....

Many cases of renal failure are borderline with some other incidental mild nephrotoxity

i would ask a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Which virus (s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Which virus (s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Viruses and Kidneys: I have spent a great deal of time researching your question. Hepatitis, hiv, hanta, ebstein-barr, west nile, b-k, and herpes varicella zoster viruses can all affect the kidney. The only one that has chickenpox-like symptoms is zoster though many of the others can have rashes but not vesicles like chickenpox. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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I have 50 cent size rash of shingles and my husband hasn't had chicken pox can we have sex or shoukd we waite cause I don't want him getting chickenpox?

You should wait: As with any viral skin disease, contact with the "sore" can spread the virus (in your case varicella zoster) to someone who never was exposed. ...Read more

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What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

Many: There are many other illness that cause rashes. Most of them are viral. If your child still has the rash I would see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can having scarlet fever and chicken pox cause someone to develop seizures. 2 months later in convulsions for 72 hours & seizures never went away?

Can having scarlet fever and chicken pox cause someone to develop seizures. 2 months later in convulsions for 72 hours & seizures never went away?

Seizures: Yes. These infections can cause a post- infectious encephalitis. That is an inflammation of the brain due to antibodies generated by your immune system fighting the infection. See a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus, why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldn't that increase your risk of shingle

Risk benefit ratio: Prior to the vaccine we had about 10, 000 hospital admissions & 50 deaths/yr with chickenpox. Deaths have dropped to none in the vaccinated group. The frequency of shingles after the shot is less than that of wild disease. Shingles emerges when the persons immune system fails to keep it in hibernation. Though nasty, it is not a fatal disease but would be more frequent without the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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My brother is 15 and has spots, that look alike to chicken pox, present on his arms, chest and legs. They do not itch and causes no pain but do look li?

Chicken pox?: Take your brother to see his doctor, or a clinic nurse. There are many causes for skin rashes, and it may be another illness. If it is chicken pox, it is very contagious and he should avoid contact with others until he knows for sure what it is. If he begins having a fever, he should see a health provider right away. Good luck! ...Read more