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Why Is Chicken Pox More Harmful To Adults Than To Kids
Get much sicker: Adults get sicker with high fever, more intense itching, and can get other infections such as pneumonia due to lowered immunity caused by the chicken pox. There's also greater risk of death, visible scarring, and shingles resulting from chicken pox in adults. It can also cause sterility in adult men. Adults immune system is stronger which is why they mount more of a response than kids. ...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
I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?
Because.: Many illnesses that are mild when they occur in childhood are more more severe when contracted as an adult. It may be that the immune response is over-reactive in the adult organism & that this hyper-response is at least partially responsible for the severity of symptoms in adults. Mononucleosus is typically worse when occurring in adults and adolescent. In younger children its just like a cold. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is pneumococcal vaccine not given to all healthy adults 19-64, much like the flu vaccine? Why is it restricted and given only to"high risk" adults
Confusing system: Docs can give this to most patients at most ages. However, the politics of healthcare/insurance companies, cost, all plays a part.The advisory committees decide who needs it the most, if adopted by several such committees the insurers may pay for it only for listed groups.The docs push to target those with the most need/benefit.You are always welcome to pay out of pocket for it but it costs $$$ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be true: Most women can safely have up to three cesarean deliveries. Each repeat c-section is generally more complicated than the last. The more c sections the more possibility of surgical complications. ...Read more
Are vaccination shots more harmful to children then we know. They try to link it to autisim and adhd.. Im concerned about it for my grandbabies.?
No harm at all if...: There is no harm from routine children's vaccinations, if one compares the number of occasional "swollen arm" type of reactions and very rare "allergic" type of reactions, with the thousands and thousands of dead and disabled children that would result from not having vaccines for the (~14) bad childhood diseases. Vaccines have nothing to do with acne, adhd, angina, appendicitis, autism, etc.... ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Chicken pox-no fun!: Chicken pox (varicella) is best treated with supportive care -- Acetaminophen for pain, and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the appropriate dose for weight, aveeno oatmeal baths, and non-steroid anti-itch creams for the itch. Anti-viral medications are only indicated if someone has an immune deficiency or severe eczema. The best 'treatment' is prevention -- getting the chicken pox vaccine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine. Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?
Very much so: The last 2 chickenpox deaths in my town included a newborn and a 22 yo otherwise normal adult. You may have had the cpx but never known (90%+ of adults) & you could have a blood test done to see, but the vaccine would be quicker & a cheep insurance against a bad disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infants have more...: Infants have more cuteness than adults, too. Some things are just the way they are, for no particular reason. The blood's WBC count varies a lot from person to person, but the average count does drop from about 11 in infants, to 9 in kindergarteners, to 8 in middle schoolers, to 7.4 in college students. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does exposing small children to peanuts earlier in life make them more likely to develop allergies?
Why are children more likely to get type one diabetes the adults? --why aren't adults more likely to get type one?
Type : Type 1 diabetes is a problem where your body doesn't make enough insulin. It's more commonly found in young people and the cause is uncertain although fortunately there is tremendous research going on to find out. The pancrease (pancrelipase) doesn't make adequate Insulin supplies for your body. Type 2 diabetes is usually found in older people and the problem is that your body isn't sensitive to the effects of Insulin so your blood sugar goes up even though you have a lot of Insulin in your body. The good news about type 2 is you get control of your disease. Lose weight, exercise, eat the right stuff ( dodge the "whites"- potatoes, sugar, flour, rice) and you can make tremendous strides in controlling it without a lot of medicines. The type 1 diabetes use very small doses of Insulin (compared to the type2s) and have very labile blood sugars- type 2s don't do that so much. Some medications for them overlap but in general the type 1s need Insulin and type 2s don't. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Perhaps: Bullies, and those who are bullied, are more at risk for many emotional health problems later on. Many people try to self-treat their emotional pain with substances like alcohol. There are many other factors that also influence the risk of adult alcohol abuse, including family history of alcohol or drug abuse, personal characteristics of vulnerability vs. Resilience, social support, or lack of it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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