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When Is Chicken Pox Not Contagious Anymore
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
Chickenpox is highly infectious. Spread throughout households is very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact.
Most infection occurs in those under 5 years of age and immunity increases with age until adulthood.
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Prior to spots + 7: Unfortunately CP is often passed in oro-nasal secretions for 1-2 days before the first spots appear. (leading to frustration on finding source) debris from blisters can spread CP until the last blisters have dried. Some offer 1 day before until day 7 of the rash as the general period of infectivity. ...Read more
7-10 Days: About a week or until the last vessicle scabs over. About 7-10 days. ...Read more
All my chicken pox were dried up and crusted. But I removed the others and still pinkish and did not wait for it to remove by itself. I'm I still contagious?
When the chicken pox has crusted over that means your not contagious anymore, But if you accidently scratch one off does it become contagious again?
Unlikely: The contagious period for cpx is considered the first week after eruptions start. By that point, the body has surrounded virus with antibodies and they go to the skin surface to die (in blisters)The early blisters do have contagious viral particles but most of what you would get pulling a scab off is just body serum, with no viral particles. It would be a reasonable precaution to wash/cover that area ...Read more
Confusing question: You cannot catch shingles from an affected person but if susceptible, you could get chickenpox. If you have had Cpx before you will not be at risk from this person. Shingled differs from Cpx in being less contagious. The germ will not be in their saliva or a cough, just in the debris from the sores. ...Read more
Possibly: The debris from the shingles sores can give chickenpox to a susceptible person. The shingles patient is not secreting the germ in their saliva, as they would during chickenpox. So if the sores are covered or the material is kept away from susceptible people, transfer will not occur. This is quite different from chickenpox, where airborne droplets easily spread the disease before the kid breaks out. ...Read more
Can someone tell me how long will my shingles last and be contagious to people who have not had chicken pox?
I have a chicken pox and the scab are still pinkish because I've removed some of the crust. Is it still contagious?
Contagious period: You are considered contagious from the day before spots appear until the last lesion is completely crusted and dry or 7 days after, whichever is later. ...Read more
Possibly: Your mother likely had you vaccinated against the chickenpox, since it was widely available by the mid 90's. If so you are likely immune. Shingles is the same virus but is not as likely to pass. Direct exposure to the weeping sores can, but not a cough or her saliva. Avoid the sores and you will avoid it. You may want to check & see if you were vaccinated. Cpx is dangerous for any adult. ...Read more
Are Shingles contagious to someone a child that has had a chicken pox vaccination? To someone that has had chicken pox previously?
No: You can't catch shingles. If you never had chickenpox or the vaccine, contact with the ooze from shingles sores has virus that could give you chickenpox. It is not passed through the air like chickenpox so being around someone with shingles is not a significant risk & no risk at all to anyone immune to the disease. ...Read more
Varicella/Zoster: The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. ...Read more
No, but: A few kids will develop an atypical vaccine response and have a few blisters come up. The blisters will contain viral particles that represent the weakened vaccine strain. These could be passed on by direct contact to an unvaccinated person. They would likely not have any outward symptoms but would then be immune as if s/he had been vaccinated. ...Read more
What are shingles and does it run in the family or just if you've had chicken pox before? Is it deadly or contagious?
The latter.: Shingles are the adult form of chicken pox - you had regular chicken pox as a kid, and later in life the virus is reactivated, but only along one nerve, on one side of the body. It is contagious only to someone who has never had chicken pox. It is deadly only in very old or very debilitated patients. ...Read more
My lo legs and arms had some blisters and now they are scabs. Is he still contagious with scabs? We dint know if it was chicken pox or coxsakie d
Rash: Chicken Pox has a very characteristic rash of papules (raised bumps), pustules, vesicles (blisters) and crusting or scabs ALL seen at the same time. When all lesions have crusted over and there are no new lesions cropping up, person is no longer considered contagious. ...Read more
Not really: There are a few kids that receive this vaccine that will breakout with blisters, however this is not the wild chickenpox. Most have fewer than 50 lesions (cpx average is 200) and they can spread the virus, but it is the weakened vaccine virus that they have and can pass. This would give kids that picked it up a chance to have the vaccine protection without a shot. ...Read more
Less than 5%...: ...According to the cdc, because most american children are now vaccinated against the disease. Most cases these days are in children age 4 or younger, either because they haven't been vaccinated (the first shot is usually given at age 1), or because they are in the small group (3%) who are vaccinated and get chickenpox anyway. ...Read more
Chicken Pox: Making your child feel more comfortable is the main thing- no "cure". Give tepid baths with baking soda or oatmeal powder to soothe itching. Prevent scratching when possible. Your doctor may recommend Benadryl Syrup to decrease itching. Keep the skin clean, and cool. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (NO aspirin) Call your doc if there is high fever. Get the varicella vaccine to prevent it in the first place!! ...Read more
Rare if ever: If you had true cpx after a year of age you likely have lifelong immunity. People with immune defects or after a bone marrow transplant may be susceptable. Some have questioned whether kids having it under 6mo may be only partially protected, but there are few available to confirm this. You can have a blood test to see if you have antibody protection. Some blistering conditions mimic cpx and are wrong. ...Read more
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