Q. Is there any way I can prevent getting chicken pox?

Answered by
Dr. Mashfika N Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 04, 2018

Hello doctor,

My sister has chicken pox, and I have never had it before. Exam season is coming and I am worried that I might get chicken pox. My sister lives in the same house as me. Is there any way I can prevent getting chicken pox and is there a high chance of me getting chicken pox. I understand, that this virus is highly contagious but I am worried this may interfere with school. If I do get chicken pox, how long would it take for it to scab? Also, how long would it take for the scabbing to disappear, since I am very self-conscious? I look forward to a quick reply.

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Hi,

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It is highly probable that you will get infected unless your sister has been in isolation. There first few days of the rash are most infectious. When the scabs are formed infectivity is gone. It takes about two weeks or more for all the blisters to scab off so in case you are infected, I will say off school for two to three weeks. Hope this helps. But hoping you would not get infected. Avoid sharing a room or an enclosed space.

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