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I found out that my sister, my dd aunt has the shingles. She held her on Saturday and broke out on Sunday. At 11 months my daughter has not been vac. against chicken pox. Dr. tells me that she may have been exposed and could contract Chicken pox. Anyone have any info or experience about this!?!?!?!
 

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Chicken pox for a healthy child is no big deal. Even at ur dd's age she should breeze right thru them as long as she is other wise healthy.<br><br>
After you have chickenpox (usually as a child), the virus that causes it stays in your body, in certain nerve cells. Most of the time your immune system keeps the chickenpox virus in these cells. As you get older or if your immune system gets weak, the chickenpox virus may escape from the nerve cells and cause shingles.<br><br>
Shingles is not infectious in the same way as chickenpox, where the virus can be passed on in coughs and sneezes. However, shingles is contagious. This means it can be passed on by direct contact. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Fluid from shingles blisters can cause chickenpox in people who are not already immune</b></span>. People with shingles should avoid those with a lowered immunity
 

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Hi,<br>
I wouldn't worry about it very much. Usually young kids have less severe cases. I think the incubation is about 2 weeks just so you know.
 

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Great! Where do you live, so we can send people over for a chickenpox party?!<br><br>
Not to make light of it, but chickenpox is a low-risk disease, especially at her age. If you haven't had pox by adulthood, that's more of a concern.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You had chickenpox as a kid, didn't you? So why are you worried about your DD catching it?</div>
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Well first off I love her and don't want her to be uncomfortable or feel bad. Her Dad has never had the chix pox and he is the sole $ earner right now. We need every penny. I am in the process of looking for work and daycare so it would be inconvient if I had to curtail my search. It would really s**k for all of these reasons.<br><br>
Thank you all for your reponses.
 

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No need to get upset, it was just a question. Your post asked if anyone had any experience w/CP, as if it were a disease you feared. That was the impression I got from all the exclamation points and question marks. I was only trying to show you it is a harmless childhood disease, because your post really sounds like you have bought into the post-vaccine hype that chickenpox is deadly. It's hard to convey tone on a message board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
Your DH is probably immune to CP. Recent studies showed that over 90% of children w/no record of ever having CP were immune. It's possible to have a subclinical case, with no symptoms whatsoever, or symptoms of only a cold, and still get immunity.
 

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I thought you couldn't get CP from someone with shingles. can you?<br><br><br><br>
ETA-OK I just googled this and apparently I was wrong in thinking that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I DID find out your LESS likely to get CP from someone with shingles though than someone w/ CP.
 

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My dh and his sister both have never had CP and both have been repeatedly exposed so it is my guess that they r both already immune. Dh's sister is a nurse to and has been around it prolly more than dh. I so wish that I had not gotten the cp vax for dd because now I will always wounder if she will end up with it later in life when it makes u much sicker. But her dr said she needed it because she had sever eczema <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My ds will definatly not be getting that one. Along with all the others but that is for anouther post :LOL
 

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I would have a chicken pox blood titre drawn on your husband ASAP. If he doesn't have positive titres, (I read a study that indicated that 63% of <b>10</b> year olds who had never had the vaccine or pox, had converted to positive cp titres.) your husband might prefer to have the chicken pox vaccine to secondary household, full exposure chicken pox from your daughter (assuming she was actively exposed). As you know if could be very serious for him to develop chicken pox as an adult.<br><br>
Check to see though, the vaccine may actually take too long to do any good (presuming that it does anyway). Although, it may decrease the <i>severity</i> of him developing cp, even if it is less effective due to the late administration. Another alternative is for him to totally avoid exposure to your daughter for the 2nd and 3rd week post her exposure to the shingles to decrease his chance of cp exposure (again assuming she was actively exposed).<br><br>
Although, if your daughter is breastfed the chance of her developing chicken pox is lessened due to receiving your cp immunities. But at almost a year, it is possible. And her case may be mild (to invisible, maybe fever only) but communicable. This is a tough issue for parents who haven't had cp themselves.<br><br>
I would avoid placing your daughter in a setting with other children for the period of the 2nd and 3rd week post exposure and avoid pregnant mothers in their first trimester who haven't had cp.<br><br>
HTH, Pat
 

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Hi Frannyfresh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
I looked at some of your other posts as I (like many others here) are actively looking to expose our children to chicken pox. I see that you are in NYC, and know for a fact, that sohj lives in NYC and is really really really looking for some nice CP to share w/us Vermonters. So if your daughter does come down w/CP, would you mind posting so those of us who are looking for it, could expose our children?<br><br>
Thanks SO much, I've been looking for 3 yrs for it!<br>
Amy
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">... your husband might prefer to have the chicken pox vaccine to secondary household, full exposure chicken pox from your daughter (assuming she was actively exposed). As you know if could be very serious for him to develop chicken pox as an adult....avoid pregnant mothers in their first trimester who haven't had cp.</div>
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Just want to point out that it is German Measles, aka Rubella, that is an especial problem for pregnant women, not chicken pox (aside from the discomfort aspect).<br><br>
Also, in my (personal) experience, the chicken pox vaccine is not sufficently effective to make me consider getting it "in case" of exposure. Of the 8 people I knew who got the vaccine in one year in particular, 7 of them came down with the chicken pox within a week of getting the vaccine.<br><br>
I got the Chicken pox that same year...at the ripe old age of 32. I got through it. Here is a bit from a post I made about it on this thread: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=45804&highlight=chicken%2A" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ght=chicken%2A</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I got it at the ripe old age of 32 and had the worst fever of my life to start it off. When the spots came out a few days later (everywhere, including my genetialia and inside my mouth), I didn't put two and two together and just thought it was a really weird excema. I make a spaghetti pot full of a decoction (simmered the infusion) of equal parts chapparel and wild indigo. It smelled like kerosene cooking and gave me a sore throat, but I poured the pot, leaves and all, into the bath with baking soda and took one every three hours for two solid days. DO NOT DRINK THIS!!!! Just keep really hydrated with water. I was also drinking dandelion and burdock tea (for the supposed ezcema). The poxes drained and dried up and looked much worse than they had when full, but they hurt way less. I then slept for two more. Day five, I made it to classes and my study buddy took one look at me and said "You've got chicken pox! I'm a mom and I know. And white girls look really ugly with it!!!":LOL :LOL :LOL</td>
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Wild Indigo is traditionally used for really gross sceptic skin conditions...like gangrene. It is, in my opinion, not to be used at the drop of a hat.<br><br>
Chapparel is for acne and other skin conditions. Some have used it internally as a 'natural' antibiotic; but, I would be very, very careful about that. I have no experience with it that way and I am always leary of the word antibiotic. I know it has been used by people recovering from chemotherapy who have skin rashes. Given that most people I have known to use it had been treating somone who had chemo or a very severe skin prob., I assume that it is a more heroic herb and I try gentle stuff first. That time I plowed ahead and used the big guns because my skin looked so bad and the poxes were SOOOOOOOO painful. People told me not to scratch them and I answered "Scratch!? I don't want to BREATHE on them! They hurt!!"<br><br>
...something else VERY IMPORTANT that I did: I made poultices of green clay (a magnesium clay also called montmorillite by geologists) with aloe vera gel and allowed them to dry between each bath.</td>
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Anyhow, all that and then a lot of Liquorice Root for stamina and as an adrenal tonic for the next several weeks helped me through all of that.<br><br>
From the research I have done, the danger for older people is in taking the fever reducers to surpress the fever that the body is creating to kill the virus. The people who had life-threatening chicken pox also were taking tylenol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
And, if you are in NYC, let me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Sohj,<br><br>
I too thought that chicken pox was fairly innocuous. But in investigating the possibility of intentional exposure, I learned that indeed pregnant women (who had never had chicken pox; generally 96% have cp immunities) could have serious complications (abet rare) conferred to the fetus by the (inadvertant) contageous exposure by an infected child. Here are a few links:<br><br>
Pregnancy - Toxoplasmosis, Chicken Pox and Fifth Disease<br>
Can Toxoplasmosis, Chicken Pox, and Fifth Disease be dangerous illnesses or<br>
complications during pregnancy. Get these answers and more at SureBaby.com.<br><a href="http://www.surebaby.com/pregnancy_toxoplasmosis_chickenpox_fifth.php" target="_blank">http://www.surebaby.com/pregnancy_to...npox_fifth.php</a> - 20k - similar pages - add to favorites<br><br>
Complications: Chicken Pox (Varicella)<br>
Between 85 and 95 percent of pregnant women are immune to chickenpox, but if a woman does catch chickenpox during pregnancy, there can be serious ...<br><a href="http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/188_675.asp" target="_blank">http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/188_675.asp</a> - 81k - Oct 22, 2005 - similar pages - add to favorites<br><br>
Chicken pox during pregnancy<br>
Find out if you should be worried when you've been exposed to chicken pox while expecting.<br><a href="http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/9329.html" target="_blank">http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/9329.html</a> - 68k - similar pages - add to favorites<br><br>
Chickenpox and Pregnancy : American Pregnancy Association<br>
Chickenpox during pregnancy overview, with risk factors and prevention information.... Who is most at risk for getting chicken pox during pregnancy? ...<br><a href="http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/chickenpox.html" target="_blank">http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pre...hickenpox.html</a> - 15k - similar pages - add to favorites<br><br>
Mamas Health: Chicken Pox<br>
chickenpox can cause serious problems during pregnancy, especially when infection occurs early in the pregnancy or at the time of delivery. ...<br><a href="http://www.mamashealth.com/chicken.asp" target="_blank">http://www.mamashealth.com/chicken.asp</a> - 21k - Oct 22, 2005 - similar pages - add to favorites
 
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