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When can I go back to work after suffering from chicken pox?

When can I go back to work after suffering from chicken pox?

Chicken Pox: A person with chickenpox becomes contagious 1 to 2 days before their blisters appear. They remain contagious until all the blisters have crusted over.
If all the blisters have crusted over, you can return to work. ...Read more

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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How soon after chicken pox can an adult go back to work?

About a week: Chickenpox tends to emerge in waves of new spots over a period of 2-5 days. The blister grows, pops ; crusts usually within a single day. A person is considered contagious for 1-2 days before to 6 days after the emergence of the rash. ...Read more

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I had spine TB before 2yrs now I m fine I am suffering chicken pox. Can it effect my spineor its nerves please suggest I m feeling less energy?

I had spine TB before 2yrs now I m fine I am suffering chicken pox. Can it effect my spineor its nerves please suggest I m feeling less energy?

Probably: Chickenpox is caused by a virus, just like flu. After the outbreak is resolved, the virus may lay dormant in the dorsal root ganglion, which is part of your spinal nerve. It may then get reactivated at a later time as shingles. This will cause lots of pain & rash. When the shingles resolve, if the virus damaged part of the nerve one can develop nerve pain called post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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What I have to do when I am suffering from chicken pox?

What I have to do when I am suffering from chicken pox?

Family practice: You treat the symptoms. Your dr might put you on an antiviral medication. ...Read more

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Hi I recently got chicken pox but it already crusted over. Can I go back to school already even if the crust fall off yet the scars are still pinkish?

Hi I recently got chicken pox but it already crusted over. Can I go back to school already even if the crust fall off yet the scars are still pinkish?

Depends: It is nice that you want to return to school, but be fair to those you might expose to the disease. Chickenpox is considered contagious for 7 days from the initial spots and or until the last spot has crusted over, whichever is later. If you satisfy both criteria, go. ...Read more

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I am suffering from chicken pox now. I am worried about the marks. Is there any derma that can help me to find better medicine or lotion?

I am suffering from chicken pox now. I am worried about the marks. Is there any derma that can help me to find better medicine or lotion?

Don't scratch!: The most important thing to do is avoid scratching as that can cause more scarring. Keep your skin clean- take baths or showers regularly. You can try caladryl clear for itching, or take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Infected sores are most likely to cause scars, so use an antibiotic ointment if a sore looks redder or has yellow drainage. ...Read more

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My father is suffering from chicken pox...He's 40 years old...As a child he had suffered a very mild chicken pox attack. Could someone please advice me.

My father is suffering from chicken pox...He's 40 years old...As a child he had suffered a very mild chicken pox attack. Could someone please advice me.

The question is???: People seldom went in for medical evaluation 35 yrs ago when they thought the problem was something simple like chickenpox. It was easy to over diagnose when only a few spots were present. People do get it for the first time as adults & it can be quite harsh. Many have significant disability & a mild encephalitis while rarely a pneumonia can require intensive care. Most recover without problems. ...Read more

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What diet should be taken during chicken pox, my boyfriend is suffering from chicken pox, n he is having high fever n small blister al over his body?

What diet should be taken during chicken pox, my boyfriend is suffering from chicken pox, n he is having high fever n small blister al over his body?

Needs good hydration: Drink lots of liquids. Other than that, eat a normal diet as tolerated. If he's not hungry, don't worry about that too much as long as he's drinking well. If he's hungry, he should eat. If there are sores in the mouth, then salty or spicy or acidic foods might be painful, so stick with bland foods for the time being. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I am suffering from chicken pox right now. And it's been 6 days but still d blisters are red and filled with fluids. What should I do..

Hi doc, I am suffering from chicken pox right now. And it's been 6 days but still d blisters are red and filled with fluids. What should I do..

Patience: I am sorry to hear you got varicella. What you describe sounds like the usual progression of the disease. At this point, these blisters must be in your extremities. Just keep good hygiene. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to speed up this process. Be patient and enjoy your time off as much as possible. ...Read more

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My hostel mates r suffering from chicken pox. I already had it twice 3 yrs ago. I have started having small red skin rashes. Not 3rd time pox right?

My hostel mates r suffering from chicken pox. I already had it twice 3 yrs ago. I have started having small red skin rashes. Not 3rd time pox right?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely to get chicken pox for a third time. Sometimes, people think they had chicken pox but actually had some other rash. In those folks, they actually may not be immune to chicken pox, and may catch it during an outbreak. If getting a rash, one can check with a doctor to see what it might be. ...Read more

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I have chicken pox, but my boss says I need to come to work. Is there anything I can do to make it go away faster?

Yes & no: You can take antivirals that can reduce the intensity/severity of your infection but that will not change your contagious status. This lasts until all the spots are dried up or 7 days from the first spots. Make your boss aware of this fact & put the risk of secondary transmission at the workplace on him/her. If you are too sick to work, that is a different issue. ...Read more

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Will my skin go back to normal after the chicken pox?

Usually yes: The rash of chickenpox starts out as red, itchy or painful blisters; then they open up and scab over and then they will commonly look darker than normal skin for weeks or months. The skin should get flatter and smoother and the color should fade over time but it may take months or more. Some people will still have some residual spots even years later. ...Read more

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What works best for chicken pox?

What works best for chicken pox?

Chicken Pox: Chicken Pox is a virus that is preventable by receiving 2 varicella vaccinations. If you already have chicken pox, the treatment is supportive. You can take benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6-8 hours as needed for itching and apply calamine lotion to your skin for itchiness. If you develop worsening symptoms, you should seek medical attention because there can be secondary complications with chicken pox. ...Read more

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Can we eat chiken or goatmeat while we are suffering chicken pox.

Chickenpox: Yes. You can eat anything you want. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus and doesn't have anything to do with chickens. There is antiviral medicine (acyclovir, valcyclovir) that will kill the virus and shorten the course of chickenpox, thereby minimizing scarring. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of chicken pox. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of chicken pox. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Keep healthy: Generally speaking, chicken pox is a self limited infection that causes an itchy and uncomfortable rash and some other symptoms. Unless you experience a complication with it, it should not have any lasting effects on your health. Continue eating healthy, exercising, etc and you should be fine. The infection is worse the older you are so see your doctor if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Do chicken pox starts from legs and back?????????

Chickenpox: Chicken pox start on face and trunk then spread to distal extremities. ...Read more

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I had chicken pox last week. Now I have some small bumps on the back of my head?

Probably not related: Once chicken pox goes away it is gone, so this is probably not related. It could be ingrown hairs from lying in bed. (adults often get pretty sick from chicken pox and have to stay in bed.) if it doesn't go away in a few days, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have been exposed to shingles at work. How at risk is my husband who has never had chicken pox?

I have been exposed to shingles at work. How at risk is my husband who has never had chicken pox?

Shingles: Only risk to husband would be if you catch chicken pox and he catches it from you. If you have had chicken pox or vaccine then no problem. If you avoid touching the shingles, then no concern. It is not airborne. ...Read more

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I have shingles and my husband never had chicken pox can I sit next to him as long as he doesn't touch it on my back?

Yes: Even if he never had chickenpox he could be immune to it. A very low grade infection may have occurred in his past and his parents may not have been aware of the infection. Assuming he truly never had it and is not immune to chickenpox I would cover the lesions. If he comes into contact with any of the discharge then he could get chicken pox. ...Read more

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I had the shingles 3 weeks ago. Someone at work now has the chicken pox, did they get it from me. I was never in direct contact with this person.

I had the shingles 3 weeks ago. Someone at work now has the chicken pox, did they get it from me. I was never in direct contact with this person.

Unlikely: The germ from a shingles patient is more restricted than with actual cpx. It is never in their saliva or from a cough, only through direct contact with debris from weeping sores. Normal hand washing and isolation from these sources makes your case an unlikely origin for that person. Unfortunately, cpx is quite contagious for 1-2 days before they breakout. Many never know their source. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does the chicken pox vaccine work for?

Lifetime: It should be life long. It produces immunity about 75% of the time after 1 shot and close to 100% after 2 shots. There are no recommendations for boosters unless blood testing shows that you are not immune, after receiving the 2 shots. ...Read more