What causes chicken pox in adults?

Varicella Virus. It is caused by infection with VaricellaChickenPox)virus in adults and children.
Same as for kids. If an adult avoided the CPX in their lifetime (4%), they can get the disease if exposed. It is the same germ as that for the kids.

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below . Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. Read more...
Will not trigger it. The exposure to a child with chickenpox will not cause shingles to appear in an adult. If the adult never had chickenpox (rare) it could be passed to the adult as the generalized illness of chickenpox.Incubation period would be 10-21 days(ave 14). Read more...

What is the actual name of chicken pox in adults?

Chicken pox. Still called chicken pox in adults. A special type which affect only a portion of face(like right upper 1/4 of face) or body (like a linear form involving right chest/back ) called shingles(herpes zoster). Read more...
V-z. Varicella zoster is the name for acute chickenpox, in babies, children and adults. It is also the name for cpox that activates in immunocompromised people. Slow viral or chronic recurrence with varicella virus in a skin nerve root is called herpes zoster. The family of viruses is herpesviridae. Sometimes the name is human herpes virus type iii. Read more...

Could chicken pox in adults affect the brain and their memory function?

Yes. Chickenpox can produce a mild encephalitis with an effect on adult thinking and function.The effect is usually transient (weeks) but can vary from case to case. This is never a good disease to have in adulthood. Read more...

Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes. It can be very serious. Fortunately there are very effective meds. Read more...
Yes. Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). Read more...
Yes. About 96% of adults who cannot recall having chickenpox test positive for antibodies, but this does leave some that can get it if exposed. We lost a 23 yo in my city 3 years ago to chickenpox pneumonia. It can be quite horrible in an adult, so vaccination and early treatment if affected is very important. Read more...

Does chicken pox usually cause many symptoms?

Usually Not. Mostly an itchy rash. But sometimes complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, liver disease, serious skin infections, "flesheating" bacteria, reye's syndrome and death can occur. These are fortunately rare. Immunize for prevention of any risk. Read more...

Can adults catch chicken pox just like kids can?

Yes. If they never had them as a kid they can get them as an adult. Most (80%) who don't recall having them as a kid have blood test evidence that they did have them in the past. However, adult chickenpox is quite worrisome with some developing a fatal pneumonia and many quite sick with the illness. Read more...

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...
Risk of complication. The reason for this is due to chickenpox related complications (usually from bacterial infections) which are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Although adults account for only 5% of chickenpox cases/year, they account for more deaths and hospitalizations compared to children. Read more...