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Adult Chicken Pox

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  • Posted By: peaceful
  • September 11, 2008
  • 00:14 AM

I don't know if I'm posting this in the right forum, so forgive me if I'm making a newbie mistake.

I'm 43 years old and had Chicken Pox when I was in 3rd grade.

Now I have it again. I was diagnosed by an LPN who didn't give me alot of information about adult chicken pox, but I've heard it can be ugly.

Can anyone share their experience of having chicken pox as an adult -- especially if that also had it as a child.

Thanks so much!

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  • Herpes Zoster, or more commonly called shingles is adult chicken pox. The original herpes virus that gave you chicken pox as a child never went away. It merely hibernated into your nervous system to wait another day to strike. Since your still young chances are you immune system will keep your shingles attack to a minimum. Typical symptoms will be a rash that usually extends from your spin and can move to your sides. This rash can be painful and cause all sorts of other problems, but normally nothing the average person can deal with. Some scaring is typical but mild. Valtrex is commonly prescribed to lesson the severity of symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 06:55 PM
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  • A LOT of people believe you can only get Chicken Pox once and if it returns it will manifest as shingles. -- But I didn't have shingles. I had Chicken Pox. The pox were from the soles of my feet to my scalp. As I understand it, the Shingles outbreak is usually contained in one area of the body. My chicken pox (the second bout) looked exactly like my 12 year old daughter's -- except she didn't get any below her torso -- and she didn't have the massive headache that came with it. Herpes Zoster, or more commonly called shingles is adult chicken pox. The original herpes virus that gave you chicken pox as a child never went away. It merely hibernated into your nervous system to wait another day to strike. Since your still young chances are you immune system will keep your shingles attack to a minimum. Typical symptoms will be a rash that usually extends from your spin and can move to your sides. This rash can be painful and cause all sorts of other problems, but normally nothing the average person can deal with. Some scaring is typical but mild. Valtrex is commonly prescribed to lesson the severity of symptoms.
    peaceful 2 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 01:06 AM
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  • If it is chicken pox, you may end up in the hospital. Be careful. Also, lots of other conditions cause body rashes so I wouldn't put my life in a nurse's hands.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 02:31 AM
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  • I misspoke in my earlier post. It wasn't the LPN but the PA that I saw. The Chicken Pox is behind me now... Life is Good :-) If it is chicken pox, you may end up in the hospital. Be careful. Also, lots of other conditions cause body rashes so I wouldn't put my life in a nurse's hands.
    peaceful 2 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 01:35 PM
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  • I misspoke in my earlier post. It wasn't the LPN but the PA that I saw. The Chicken Pox is behind me now... Life is Good :-)I had exactlly the same experience. The doctors thought I might have had an allergic reaction but that was ruled out (no eusinophilia - not that that is always a reliable indicator). My lymphocyte percentage count was raised (almost doubled in a week) even though my total lymphocyte count never went above normal. This indicated one interesting thing as far as I was concerned: my immunity was acutely reduced (a lowered total white cell count) which allowed normal chicken pox to take its toll and caused my body's subsequent response to the viral infection (increase in lymphocyte % count) but a negative test for abnormal lympocyte count (due to an already low white cell count). The reason why I might have been acutely immunosuppressed was becuase at this point at had just moved to weather conditions of temps far above 100 deg F and was going through an very strict exercise regime and high protein diet, combined with loss of sleep due to extreme night time temperatures.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2010
    • 09:25 PM
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  • Well, this is my 2nd time (had it as a child), and now as an adult in my 40s, and I got it on a trip to So. America 4 weeks after arriving. Yes, I had to reschedule my return flight 6 weeks out.Anyway , any symptoms were: very itchy below neck at first and on the shoulder areas BEFORE the blisters came. Fever for 2 days before blisters.Once the blisters came, chest, stomach, a few on the arms, and face I applied calamine and aloe vera. (lucky I brought it with me :) ) and took aciclovir. The doctor who 1st diagnosed it thought it was dengue fever first but then I was adamant that it was chickenpox and to give me the anti-viral medicine, just in case.3 1/2 weeks later they all lost their white pus-filled papules. The problem now is. I just read you cannot eat meats, nuts, chocolate or spicy foods. Well, guess what? during the chickenpox period I did eat some chicken, eggs, milk, along with green vegetables, drank lots of water, fruits, And 5 weeks afterwards, I am still getting 1 to 2 signature white pus-filled papules on the lower portion of my face. I am not sure if it from shaving or what? this is crazy. I cannot understand this. What is going on?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2012
    • 11:03 PM
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