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

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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Chicken Pox in adult

It is a miserable condition when you have it as a kid, and it is worse as an adult.
The chances of getting varicella pneumonia increase when chicken pox occurs in adults, and you definitely don't want that. If you suspect you have it, see your dermatologist or pcp for treatment as soon as possible. If you didn't have chicken pox as a child, consider both varivax and zostavax as well.

In brief: Chicken Pox in adult

It is a miserable condition when you have it as a kid, and it is worse as an adult.
The chances of getting varicella pneumonia increase when chicken pox occurs in adults, and you definitely don't want that. If you suspect you have it, see your dermatologist or pcp for treatment as soon as possible. If you didn't have chicken pox as a child, consider both varivax and zostavax as well.
Dr. Barry Resnik
Dr. Barry Resnik
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