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Why is chicken pox more harmful to adults than to kids?

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 more

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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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Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Pneomonia: Vericella pneumonia is a life theatening risk for an adult who develops chicken pox. The adult needs to be started on antiviral medications as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are adults more likely to get pneumonia from chicken pox (varicella pneumonia) than children are?

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 more

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Is it better for children to get chicken pox than the chicken pox vaccine?

Is it better for children to get chicken pox than the chicken pox vaccine?

No: Although most people who get chickenpox get a mild illness, 1% of those infected are hospitalized and 1% of those (or 1 in 10, 000) die of complications. Much safer to get the vaccine and not have that risk (and not miss school or work or daycare). ...Read more

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How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

Worse: Usually adults would ill seriously. Another type of "chicken pox" in adults is called shingles(herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Is it possible for adults to have more than 32 teeth?

Is it possible for adults to have more than 32 teeth?

Yes: I have seen patients w 12 bicuspids instead of 8 . Also extra molars. Sometimes an extra malformed tooth can be present called supernumary teeth . In the upper anterior it's called a mesodens. I have also seen extra lower incisors. ...Read more

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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

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

The FDA: There is no reason why healthy adults cannot take this vaccination. The indications for who should be given it is determined by the fda. Physicians give this vaccination according to those official indications. Good question. ...Read more

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Is it true that c-sections are not recommended for people who want to have more than 2 kids?

Is it true that c-sections are not recommended for people who want to have more than 2 kids?

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

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Is it harmful to get the hepatitis vaccine more than once?

Is it harmful to get the hepatitis vaccine more than once?

No: The available vaccines for hepatitis a and b are both given as a series of shots.Extra doses do not harm anything and may provide a booster effect. ...Read more

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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.?

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 more

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Why do children have more laryngospasm than adults?

Why do children have more laryngospasm than adults?

They aspirate easier: Children aspirate easier, because they eat too fast, or swallow bites of food that are too large, or they eat foods that are not appropriate for there age and/or dentition. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat chicken pox?

Is there more than one good way to treat chicken pox?

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 more

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I was not vaccinated with the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine. Is it more dangerous to catch chicken pox as an adult?

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 more

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Why do infants have more wbcs than adults?

Why do infants have more wbcs than adults?

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 more

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Does exposing small children to peanuts earlier in life make them more likely to develop allergies?

Does exposing small children to peanuts earlier in life make them more likely to develop allergies?

Probably not: There is no good evidence that withholding peanuts from a child's diet reduces their risk of developing peanut allergy. In fact, there is some evidence that introducing them early on may give a greater likelihood of tolerance. ...Read more

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Why are children more likely to get salmonella

Why are children more likely to get salmonella

Do They??: I am not sure that they are more likely.But if so, probably because they may not be as good with hygiene. ...Read more

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Why are children more likely to get type one diabetes the adults? --why aren't adults more likely to get type one?

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 more

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Can you get chicken pox more than once in your life?

Can you get chicken pox more than once in your life?

Chicken Pox: After you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness. If the virus becomes active again, it can cause a painful viral infection called shingles. ...Read more

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If a child is bullied more as a kid are they more likely to abuse alcohol as an adult?

If a child is bullied more as a kid are they more likely to abuse alcohol as an adult?

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 more

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