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I have 2 daughters, I am affected with chickenpox how could I avoid to affect them?

I have 2 daughters, I am affected with chickenpox how could I avoid to affect them?

Hard to say: Hopefully you had them immunized as infants and they are somewhat protected. If not, there is no way that those in close contact with you have not been exposed enough to become infected.You are contagious for the 24-48 hours before the first spots until the last dry (~6 days).Incubation period is 10-21 days. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more


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31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

Pregnancy & Chickpox: There really isn't anything you can do at this point but to wait. If you do get the chickenpox you will need to be carefully monitored to prevent secondary infections and fevers. The baby should be fine if these are controlled. Since it is a live vaccine you shouldn't get vaccinated at this point. ...Read more

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Need to get rid of chicken pox marks.it's been two years since i got affected by chickenpox .suggest anything that will make the marks disappear soon.

Need to get rid of chicken pox marks.it's been two years since i got affected by chickenpox .suggest anything that will make the marks disappear soon.

Chicken pox scars: Chicken pox or varicella is a nasty viral infection that can leave unsightly scars. The body will try to 'remodel' a scar for a period up to about 2 years -- after that you are 'stuck' with what you have... unless of course a plastic surgeon comes to the rescue. These days there are a number of cosmetic procedures that may help - but of course will be costly, as these are 'elective' in nature. ...Read more

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Can I get chickenpox twice?

Can I get chickenpox twice?

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

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How is chickenpox transmitted?

How is chickenpox transmitted?

Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chickenpox?

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 more

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In my online medical history (mypennmedicine.Org), it says "resolved chickenpox" under medical history. I've never had chickenpox. Is this an error?

Not likely: You may have been tested at some time for antibodies for the varicella-zoster virus. If positive you have had varicella (chicken pox) at some time in the past. ...Read more

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Where and how do chickenpox start?

The rash: Starts on the head around the hairline and erupts in clusters over the face and torso mostly. It starts as red spots that develop small vesicles in the middle and then turn into blisters before crusting over. At any time, there are lesions at different stages. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chickenpox?

What are the tests for chickenpox?

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

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What are the causes of chickenpox anymore?

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