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What Sort Of Disease Is Chickenpox
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Cabin fever: 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
What happens if an adult gets the chickenpox? It is a childhood disease and I have heard that if an adult gets it is bad. How?
Unusual severity: During the era when 2 million cases a year occurred in the us, few worried about adult cases as most got them as kids. Now with available vaccines, some slip through without disease or vaccinations.Adults can develop a severe pneumonia that can be fatal, with onset soon after the skin findings appear. Vaccination is a good idea for any adult that missed them. ...Read more
Chicken pox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 53 and I have chickenpox. Is treatment with aciclovir going to help me? How dangerous is to have this disease at my age?
Can be helpful.: Varicella is a self-limiting disease but can have a higher risk of serious complications in adults, especially if one has any chronic medical conditions, taking chronic steroids, have HIV or other immunedeficiency disorders, or receiving chemotherapy for any cancer. Acyclovir or other antiviral medications is the treatment of choice if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In my country, it is not advisable for immunisations if baby has a contact with infectious diseases such as chickenpox within a month. Why is that so?
No rationale: Unsubstantiated myth.Get a more detailed answer ›
How can we differentiate Henoch schonlein purpura with other skin diseases such as chickenpox, and how it can be treated?
Recognizing pattern: Someone who is well trained can distinguish these by history and exam. Since neither requires treatment, the management of potential secondary problems is where training also provides proper direction. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
??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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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