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Chickenpox / Varicella

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Treatment for Chickenpox

Isolation of the patient for about 6 days after the onset of rashes and disinfecting the articles soiled by nose and throat discharge of the patient are the usual control measures.

Treatment mostly consists of easing the symptoms.

In serious cases of chickenpox and in people with a weak immune system, aciclovir which works specifically against chickenpox can be used. The drug should help reduce the severity of chickenpox symptoms, especially in older children and teenagers if taken within 24 hours of the rash's first appearance. An alternative antiviral agent is vidarabine.

The infected person will be contagious until all the blisters have scabs and when new blisters have stopped appearing. It is advised that the patient should stay at home while they are infectious.

Avoid scratching the blisters because of the risk of infection.

Cut the nails short or make the patient wear gloves.

Pay attention to personal hygiene.

Calamine lotion will help relieve itching.

Keep the patient in cold surroundings as heat and sweat may make the itching worse.

In attacks of chickenpox where the itching is so serious that the child's sleep is totally disturbed, antihistamine medications with a heavily sedative effect can be used.

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox or varicella vaccine is a shot that can protect an individual from catching chicken pox.  Chickenpox vaccine is made from a live but weakened varicella zoster virus. Chickenpox vaccine is recommended for children under the age of 13 who have not had chicken pox. It is also recommended for adults who have not been vaccinated and contracted the disease. Contraindicated in pregnant women, children or adults with weakened immune system, allergic to neomycin, people who have received high doses of steroids, who had blood transfusion or received blood products within five months prior to the shot.

Chicken Pox Vaccine

Chickenpox Vaccine Dosage

Children should receive two doses of the vaccine.

The first dose should be given when the child is 12 - 15 months old.

A second dose should be given when they are 4 - 6 years old. This second dose can be given before age 4, as long as 3 months have passed since the first dose.

People aged 13 and older who have not received the varicella vaccine and have not had chickenpox should get two doses, 4 and 8 weeks apart. People (aged 13 and older) who have had a previous dose and have not had the disease should receive a second dose.

Side Effects of Chickenpox Vaccine

Side effects from the chickenpox/varicella vaccine are generally mild and include pain and swelling at the injection site, mild rash, fever. Moderate or severe side effects are very rare and include severe allergic reaction, pneumonia, seizures.

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I am 39 years old. I am also diabetic. I took chicken pox vaccine on 27 December 2012, the day on which I got the information that my sister had been diagnosed with chicken pox and she came to our house in the evening on that day. I had been exposed since she was staying in our house from December 27. I was diagnosed with chicken pox on 13 January, 2013 with very mild intensity possibly due to the first dosage of the vaccine. However, I request health experts/doctors to suggest whether I NEED TO TAKE THE SECOND DOSAGE OF THE VACCINE which is supposed to be taken after 4 weeks of the first dosage.
SWAPNIL_BABIN Thursday, January 17, 2013
if a person at the age of 47 gets chicken pox will she have symtoms like being angry at other people
skarf Thursday, December 20, 2012
How many days a patien of 22 yrs.old to be isolated from others if blisters found from 06/12/2012 when he is taking Zovirax 800 mg tablet 5no./day since 08/12/2012.
aslbkhazra Friday, December 14, 2012
My daughter has caught chicken pox and I am in contact with her as well as with my 76 years old father who is receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy and his immunity is very critical. Is there any possibility of me transferring the disease to my father, knowing that he did not get chicken pox ever.
ZAZAH Thursday, May 10, 2012
how many days need chickenpox cure? and if i use antibiotic tablet..any chance to come 2nd time?
tomjohn Tuesday, February 28, 2012
My son is 5 years old and has red spots on the palm of his hands and his whole body itches and I don't know if it is chicken pox or not can someone please let me know. I am 27 weeks pregnant and i don't know what to do
Sabrena2012 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
To day my 13 year old son[wt-52 kgs] got chickenpox. Doctor gave medicines like acivir cream,aciclovir tablets[zovirax],cyra-d i.e,pexoclav625,and paracetemol for fever.but my doctor friend suggested not to apply acivircream and aciclovir tablets as they supress the infection and possibility of reoccurence.am i doing any mistake? pls suggest.
rahuldhedeeksha Monday, January 30, 2012
can you get chicken pox twice
dansue Friday, August 05, 2011
i have a 2year old grandaughter who is in care and she has had chicken pox three times is this normal
jhierons Friday, August 06, 2010
No it isn't actually. "The average person gets once affection and once treated meaning it only happens once".
Cheesey23 Saturday, July 30, 2011
how long can the virus survive out side the human body.
barnett Saturday, July 17, 2010

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