Do doctors see a lot of patients with chicken pox anymore?

Less but still seen. The chickenpox is still seen in a variety of situations, including day care centers, often in kids below 1 yr ( before vaccinated) or among those avoiding vaccines.The illness is often most contageous thru droplet or saliva just before the breakout, so exposures are often unrecognized & the 2-3 wk incubation period makes identifying a source difficult.Imported cases from unvaccinated areas continue.
Occasionally. With the vaccine for chicken pox given now at 1 yr and a booster at age 4yr, it isn't as common, but we do still see it.

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I am 48, I suspect chicken pox. Is there an actual blood test that proves this? Will see doctor in the a.m., but would like to know ahead of time.

Yes. This is usually diagnosed by physical exam but there are blood tests available to confirm it.I never bothered to order them, but they might be important in some settings. Read more...
Not likely. What makes you think of this diagnosis? If it is, then you are VERY sick with a high fever an in need of urgent care [not a convenience clinic]. A blood test is not indicated because it will not show it for 2 weeks. This diagnosis is made by exam. This is very rare at your age and when it occurs it is very serious. The Dr is going to find something else. Read more...

Randomly broke out in lots of itchy spots on my shoulders and chest. Not chicken pox but it's getting worse. Should I visit a doctor?

Hives? Are these itchy spots consistent with hives? Hives are raised off the skin (like large bumps). Google a photo and see. If so, try taking an antihistamine like claritin or zyrtec to see if they resolve. If you have any symptoms like difficulty breathing or swelling in your throat, seek medical treatment immediately. Read more...

Are there any diet restrictions for chicken pox patients?

Nothing special. The primary focus with this or other illnesses is hydration, so fluids or fluid containing foods are important. Other than the fluid focus, i will feed them whatever they are willing to eat.Some have significant mouth blisters and may not tolerate some solids. Read more...

Diagnosed shingles on 13th aug. Kids at home aged 1 year n 3 years. My son isn't immunized for chicken pox. Can patient cook food n hold kid?

Yes... The key to preventing any transmission is LOTS of hand washing and avoid direct contact with the shingles lesions. Read more...
Can call Dr. today. If there is no good medical reason to avoid the vaccine, and if the son has not had chicken pox disease, he can get the vaccine today to help prevent catching the disease. That means an unvaccinated child can get the vaccine at the time he is exposed to the virus, as a way of preventing him from developing the disease. So, it's time to call the doctor. Read more...
Understand disease. Shingles differs from primary chickenpox in its method of transmission. The germ can pass from the debris that comes from the sores but not your saliva or airborne after a cough.Fastidious care to avoid contamination can reduce the risk for the kids, but immunization is still their best mode of protection. Read more...

Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Yes if never before. All household members are at risk for contracting chicken pox if one member has active chicken pox and these household members have never had chicken pox. If they have contracted chicken pox in the past, then there is theoretically no risk. Read more...

I need to speak to a doctor how about if I have chicken pox or not I need verification instead of symptom lists.?

U need a blood test. If the question is whether you had chickenpox in the past, there's a blood test that will give the antibody for the virus. The antibody test will tell us if you either had chickenpox or were immunized in the past. That is usually the best way to go, unless you have verification that you were immunized. Read more...

If I give prednisolone in case of chicken pox patient, have any side effect?

Can make it worse. Prednisolone can suppress the natural response to the inflammation and increase the intensity of the outbreak. Read more...
Too risky. You can precipitate varicella zoster pneumonia and you won't be able to defend yourself in court. Read more...