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So we were supposed to go spend Halloween with my IL's, then found out the FIL (who has stage 3 cancer & is on chemo) has shingles. Neither of our girls are vaxed or have had chicken pox yet. They are 4 years & 21 months.<br><br>
On one hand I'm kind of excited that they may just "catch" CP naturally. On the other hand, I'm worried if there is anything I'm not considering? CP itself doesn't really concern me. And, if they get CP, it means one less vax to fight with the schools about if we do eventually send them to public school.<br><br>
Both of the girls are in good health. Our 4 yo is at the very end of a mild cold. She still has a slight cough that comes & goes, but otherwise they are healthy.<br><br>
Is there any difference between being exposed to someone with "shingles" as opposed to someone with "chicken pox"? Can any of you think of some risk factor I'm not considering?<br><br>
Thanks a lot. All thought are really appreciated!
 

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They can catch cp from someone with shingles, but only through contact with the fluid from the sores - not through the air. Shingles sometimes occurs in people who have had cp. My sister got it when my dd was tiny, and we made sure she didn't hold her.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They can catch cp from someone with shingles, but only through contact with the fluid from the sores - not through the air. Shingles sometimes occurs in people who have had cp. My sister got it when my dd was tiny, and we made sure she didn't hold her.</div>
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Thanks for your reply!<br><br>
Yeah, that's the other thing. He has shingles on his bottom & the back of his legs. Places that are *always* covered up. We're thinking that if they don't climb in his chair (he only sits in one place because of his back), make sure his diligent about washing his hands & have all of us use the upstairs toilet (which he doesn't use), the risk is pretty minimal anyway.<br><br>
Anything else I should be thinking of?
 

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My DH got CP from our pastor who had shingles this summer. No sore contact that he knew of, but he still got it.<br><br>
I'd take advantage of the opportunity for your kids to get CP <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is no difference. <b>Once a child is exposed to the virus the child will actually build his own pathogens to create the infection.</b> They are indigenous to that child's ecosystem and belong to that body. We each have our own. I just learned that not too long ago. Maybe that is what they mean by "ur-infections" that I've been reading about on some German sites?<br><br>
Has anyone else ever read something along those lines?<br><br>
And please, tell the person with shingles that Apple Cider vinegar really helps heal the shingles and eliminate some of the pain.
 

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yeah, shinlges and chiocken pox are both the varicella virus, just in different places. Vaxed people can develop shingles later in life just as if they'd actually caught CP as a child.<br><br>
Actually, shingles can affect mucous membranes, thereby allowing the virus to become airborne.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. We decided to go anyway & had a great visit. FIL is terminally ill with cancer so we decided it was more important to have the time with him than stress over the "what if" with the pox.<br><br>
Probably helps that neither of us it the type to get worked up over CP. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
No pox yet, so I guess we will see....
 
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