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Chickenpox is an infection caused due to the varicella-zoster virus. It affects kids as well as adults also, and it results in skin rashes with red itchy blisters. This infection spreads by breathing in the particles infected with the varicella-zoster virus. Varicella vaccine helps to prevent the spread of this infection.

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I have fever and small spots on the back. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have fever since last night. These small spots on the back. I am sending the picture through email. Please advise what it can be.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Are these distributed evenly on the back, also in the chest? If yes, it strongly raises the possibility of chickenpox, especially if not suffered from it in the past. If these lesions a...  Read Full »

Is it good to breastfeed two weeks after chicken pox?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been 16 days since my sister was diagnosed with chickenpox. All the scabs have vanished. She had temporarily stopped breastfeeding her six-month-old baby. Can she start feeding the baby again?  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, she can start feeding her baby again, as she no longer carries the infection.   Read Full »

Is it possible for me to get chickenpox after shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chickenpox and shingles are caused due to the same virus. Chickenpox occurs first and the virus stays dormant in the dorsal ganglia of the spinal nerves. After years or when immunity decreases, the person gets an attack of shingles. Most people get shingles only once, b...  Read Full »

My daughter has recurring chickenpox. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter got chickenpox last year. During that time we did not take her out and applied neem leave paste. It got cured in 15 days. Now, this year also, again she got chickenpox. Now, she is 4 years old. What to do now? Why has it come again? She ate chicken and mango the same day. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Firstly, I would want to know if the diagnosis of chickenpox is made by you or a doctor. It is highly unlikely for anybody to get chickenpox twice and even if the person gets chickenpox twice least likely it would be once every year. Her weight 24 lbs is very less for a...  Read Full »

After a fever, I got rashes and blisters. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old female. I had a severe fever and body ache before a week. I had a rash before days. Then the next day got a few more rashes and then a lot of blisters all over. I did not scratch them. I just applied Lacto calamine lotion on the dots. I was taking Azithromycin and Acycl...  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chickenpox rash may take a coursebetween 5 to 15 days (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is advisable not to pick the scabs. You can continue with Lactocalamine. Once the scabs fall off, you could start using sunscreen lotion during the day and a skin li...  Read Full »

Can my child suffering from chickenpox get the measles vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 9 months old. His measles vaccine is pending and he got chickenpox just 10 days before. Is it safe to give measles vaccine today?  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Chickenpox and measles are similar kind of diseases, categorized as viral infections with a rash. In such a scenario, it is better to give measles vaccine one month after full recovery from chickenpox. It is not a problem to give measles vaccine after a month. Until...  Read Full »

How to safeguard rest of the family from chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother is suffering from chickenpox. What can I do to prevent it from spreading to my family members? What type of diet can he take? He is a 10 year old boy whose weight is 51 kg.  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In case all of your family members have got full blown chickenpox earlier, there is nothing to worry about. Otherwise, you need to keep your brother in a separate room until all his lesions have crusted. Wash all his utensils and clothes separately in hot water. He ca...  Read Full »

Can I take Deflazacort and Hydroxyzine HCl for hives during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, The dermatologist has said that I have urticaria (hives) and prescribed Deflazacort 6 mg and Hydroxyzine HCl, but I am 28 weeks pregnant. Can I take those medicines? Suspecting it is chickenpox. The itching started 10 days ago, rashes started five days ago. Appears to be small red bumps ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Deflazacort is corticosteroids and can be used as per need but can interact with diabetic medications and will act as an anti-inflammatory and can give side effects like weight gain, mood variations, vomitings, etc. Hydroxyzine is antihistamine and can be used but bette...  Read Full »

I have chickenpox which leaves depression marks upon healing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old and am currently on my 12th day of chickenpox. I have been using calamine lotion and a serum containing vitamin C and vitamin E. I took Azithromycin 500 mg, Cetirizine 10 mg, and Paracetamol, but I am not taking any medicine now. My blood pressure stays usually a bit...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. I suggest you apply Mupirocin cream or Fucidin cream twice daily for ten days. Wash your face with mild soap for two months. I also suggest you undergo a complete blood workup with a differential count. Also, follow up wi...  Read Full »

I developed herpes even though I never had sex. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. Yesterday, I was diagnosed with herpes even though I never had sex before. Not even kissing. How is that possible? From yesterday night I have mild fever. The rash started on left side of torso a few days back. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Herpes is not a STD always (sexually transmitted disease). It is the reactivation of the old chickenpox you got in childhood. The virus is same, it hides in nerves and never completely goes away. It resurfaces after some time like herpes in a particular dermatome when...  Read Full »

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