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What problems can come from chickenpox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rare but worrisome

In the pre-vaccine era we had 50 deaths, 10000 hospitilizations and in excess of 2 million cases/yr. Those infected have a 50X increase in risk of invasive strep bacteria through the skin sores.
Chickenpox can produce a terrible pneumonia in newborns and adults, but most will have a mild disease. Later in life, the germ can return from hibernation in your body and cause shingles.

In brief: Rare but worrisome

In the pre-vaccine era we had 50 deaths, 10000 hospitilizations and in excess of 2 million cases/yr. Those infected have a 50X increase in risk of invasive strep bacteria through the skin sores.
Chickenpox can produce a terrible pneumonia in newborns and adults, but most will have a mild disease. Later in life, the germ can return from hibernation in your body and cause shingles.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually nothing.

Chicken pox, the great majority of the time, will not cause any long term issues except for the possibility of scarring on the skin.
However, a serious but rare complication from chicken pox is a chicken pox pneumonia. This usually requires hospitalization and can be fatal. Chicken pox with coughing or shortness of breath needs to be evaluated by a physician.

In brief: Usually nothing.

Chicken pox, the great majority of the time, will not cause any long term issues except for the possibility of scarring on the skin.
However, a serious but rare complication from chicken pox is a chicken pox pneumonia. This usually requires hospitalization and can be fatal. Chicken pox with coughing or shortness of breath needs to be evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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