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What is chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a contagious illness that belongs to the herpes family of viruses. This virus is found predominantly in children and thought to be triggered by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) which is the same virus that is believed to cause adult shingles. Even though this is considered a child’s illness adult may get it as well. While this is rare it often affects adults who have never become exposed to chickenpox during childhood. In these cases the symptoms can be severe and lead to more serious complications. Generally those that were infected with this virus in their youth are immune to the potential of contracting it again. However, these people are thought to be predisposed to being infected by shingles sometime in their adulthood. The VZV virus is believed to remain in the system throughout a person’s life which often causes complication down the road. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding chickenpox.

How long is chickenpox contagious?

Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection that can be spread from person to person by several means of transmission. One way that this virus can be transmitted is by inhaling the airborne pathogen that is expelled when an infected persons sneezes or coughs. Coming in contact with fluids from a pox lesion is another means of transmission. This virus is often considered contagious for at least 2 days before the rash occurs until about a week after the scabs fall off.

What does chickenpox look like?

At first chickenpox can appear like small pink colored dots. These dots can rapidly become fluid filled blisters. In most cases the outbreak is widespread with puss like bumps that can cover a majority of the body (especially hot damp areas). However some bouts of pox may only produces a few bumps that may never become widespread. The duration in which chickenpox is considered contagious is generally only 24 to 48 hours. This is the amount of time it often takes for the puss-like bumps to begin to scab and crust over.

Does chickenpox always come before shingles?

The Varicella Zoster Virus is thought to be linked to both chickenpox and shingles outbreaks. It is believed that having chickenpox as a child leaves VZV behind after the infection clears. VZV then can lay dormant in the body for the rest of its host’s life. As the person ages the dormant virus can wake up and manifest into the virus known as shingles. While it is possible to acquire shingles after a bout of chickenpox, it is not thought to work the opposite way. If person who has never been exposed to either virus is to come in contact with someone that is a carrier they will most likely get the chickenpox even if the infected person has the shingles. This is because VZV is an aftermath of chickenpox and shingles is a result of VZV. In short first chickenpox, second VZV and third shingles.

When should the chickenpox vaccine be given/

In most cases it is recommended to get the chickenpox vaccine within three days of being exposed to the virus. However it can be given up to five days after exposure. Those that have not had the chickenpox but have recently been exposed are advised to speak to a doctor as soon as possible to see if the vaccination is an option.

Can a teenager get chickenpox on their genitals?

There are many conditions that could cause a teenager to experience a rash in the genital area. If the teen did not experience chickenpox as a small child this could be investigated. However, if the teenager is sexually active this may open the door for a verity of sexually transmitted diseases as well as genital infections. When a child is experiencing a genital rash it may be best to schedule a consultation with a doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.

Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection that is generally found in children. Pink colored dots can be noticed when it first occurs however these dots can rapidly evolve into a rash that can cover the body in puss-like bumps. When the infection clears up it can leave behind an infection call Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) the agent that lies dormant in the body and can later manifest into the virus known as shingles. When questions arise regarding chickenpox, turn to the Experts that can help answer these questions and more.
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