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Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology
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In brief: Good question !!

The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement.

In brief: Good question !!

The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dr. Michael Tomeo
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Dr. DAVID AMOS
Family Medicine
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In brief: Chicken pox

Younger child may still have the passive immunity which is no longer present in older chidren or adult.

In brief: Chicken pox

Younger child may still have the passive immunity which is no longer present in older chidren or adult.
Dr. DAVID AMOS
Dr. DAVID AMOS
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