Complications of Chicken Pox

Complications are most common among the older age group.

  • Herpes zoster - The varicella zoster virus of chickenpox can also cause 'herpes zoster or shingles.' Normally once the chickenpox infection settles down the virus rests in the roots of the ganglia next to the spinal cord and becomes dormant or inactive. However sometimes the virus may suddenly later in life decide to become active again and can cause the painful lesions of shingles.
  • Scarring - Chicken pox seldom causes scarring, yet when it does, the scars most often occur around the eyes and consist of a small depression.
  • Infection - Chickenpox lesions can become infected, usually from scratching and most frequently with bacteria called Staphylococcus. These secondary infections may be severe enough to require hospitalization.
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Pneumonia
  • In very rare cases, chickenpox can result in complications such as meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the membranes of the brain or the brain itself), myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) or Reye’s syndrome.

Risk of Complications

  • Pregnant women who have not had chickenpox.
  • People with a weak immune system, such as those with acute or chronic leukemia or HIV.
  • Patients taking medication to suppress their immune system, such as long-term oral steroids.

Those in the high-risk group who are exposed to the varicella-zoster virus can be given an injection of varicella-zoster-immunoglobin to boost their immunity. In some countries, vaccination against chickenpox is available.


SWAPNIL_BABIN Thursday, January 17, 2013

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.

skarf Thursday, December 20, 2012

if a person at the age of 47 gets chicken pox will she have symtoms like being angry at other people

aslbkhazra Friday, December 14, 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.

ZAZAH Thursday, May 10, 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.

tomjohn Tuesday, February 28, 2012

how many days need chickenpox cure? and if i use antibiotic tablet..any chance to come 2nd time?

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