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Getting chicken pox from Shingles....

post #1 of 14
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So my BIL has been staying with us, and last night he showed me his 'mosquito bites' that have been bugging him for at least two weeks . . . as soon as my husband & I saw his 'bites' we both said 'those aren't bites, that's shingles!'  He has the telltale rash starting on one side of his chest, it goes around under his arm and to his spine.  He said it was painful at times, and definately itchy.  He was putting homeopathic bug bite stuff on it.  LOL  So my question is, does anyone know how long the incubation period is from shingles to get chicken pox?  Both my kids, 8 & 5 are completely vaccine free and never had CP yet.  I'm assuming (and hoping!) that they'll get it and be done with it!

post #2 of 14

The incubation period would be the same as exposure to chickenpox, which is 9 to 21 days, average 14 days.

 

They would have to come into contact with the shingles blister fluid to have a possibility of getting chickenpox.

post #3 of 14

Not sure, but my DD got CP from my DH's shingles. She then passed it on to my other child. My poor DH had a terrible experience, but I was very happy he got it :D

post #4 of 14

You are happy he got shingles?  You do know he can get it again, right?  My dh's shingles were very painful, to say the least.

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Not sure, but my DD got CP from my DH's shingles. She then passed it on to my other child. My poor DH had a terrible experience, but I was very happy he got it :D

post #5 of 14
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Welp, my dd8 woke up with chicken pox this morning! Her face is covered with the 1st pimply rash . . . .

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Welp, my dd8 woke up with chicken pox this morning! Her face is covered with the 1st pimply rash . . . .

goodvibes.giffor a mild yet immunity giving case!

post #7 of 14
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I guess I'll know tomorrow when/if the spots change. I just examined her, the red spots are all over her face & neck, but nowhere else. I thought she'd have the spots on her trunk/back as well right away?
post #8 of 14

My kids' chickenpox started on their backs. Your daughter may or may not have chickenpox. We had a few false alarms when we first started trying.

post #9 of 14

Are they just red spots or are they actually fluid filled blisters?

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I guess I'll know tomorrow when/if the spots change. I just examined her, the red spots are all over her face & neck, but nowhere else. I thought she'd have the spots on her trunk/back as well right away?
post #10 of 14
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No fluid filled blisters yet, just more red raised bumps all over her face, starting to travel down her back/chest. Not entirely sure this is CP I'm dealing with!
post #11 of 14
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Well, I'm perplexed. Doesn't seem to be CP...no blisters...I guess I'll take her into the Dr. tomorrow and have them look at her. *shrugs*
post #12 of 14
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Well, it's definately NOT chicken pox.  Dr. thinks it's Fifth's Disease, which may make sense seeing as she has zero fever or other symptoms.  Hopefully the rash doesn't last long, it's pretty harsh on her face.  My poor monkey.  Anyone have tips for dealing with Fifth's? 

post #13 of 14

3 of my kids had it at ages 15mos, 3, and 9....just have to let it ride itself out...mine got it in the summertime, and were still playing in the pool.  my ebf newborn didn't show any symptoms..

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Well, it's definately NOT chicken pox.  Dr. thinks it's Fifth's Disease, which may make sense seeing as she has zero fever or other symptoms.  Hopefully the rash doesn't last long, it's pretty harsh on her face.  My poor monkey.  Anyone have tips for dealing with Fifth's? 

post #14 of 14
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I think I just answered my own question.  Found this on Dr. Sears: Fifth disease (or Slapped Cheek disease) – this is a very common virus. It starts out causing bright red cheeks (it looks like your child has been slapped), and sometimes a fever. Then a generic lacy or pimply rash spreads from the trunk to the extremities. There may also be a runny nose and cough. If this sounds like what your child has, click on it for a detailed discussion. 

 

 

Well, it's been 14 days since I posted this thread, and I just noticed two 'whiteheads' on my 5 y/o's stomach, and what looks like a red streak.  Could this be CP?  She didn't get the 5th's disease from my eldest (knock on wood) . . . . what a month this has been so far!!!

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