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Has chicken pox, drying out. Is it safe to handle baby? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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User:My wife is down in chicken pox since last five days
User:current status: All misseles have come out and just started drying up
Doctor:Ok Do you have some specific queries
User:hello sie gd eve
Doctor:That is good thing
Doctor:If they start drying out
Doctor:she is no more infective to others
User:she is having fever since last four days
User:It passed from her father :)
Doctor:That goes of
User:what do u mean by that? If it is in drying stage she can take our baby?
Doctor:She is put on medication and that can cause fever
Doctor:Not baby but adults
Doctor:All the lesions should dry out before taking the baby
User:yes she is consulted by our house physician and she is under medication
Doctor:Do not worry
User:How many more days this fever will stay?
Doctor:Let her wait for two more days and she can carry the baby as well by then the lesions are dried out
User:also she is having throat infection body ache etc.....she is asking can she take liquied diet?
User:like fruit juice etc?
Doctor:She will need to take high carbohydrate and protein diet
Doctor:You can speak to a Dietitian here
User:any fruit juice...some elders say it is better to avoid citrus friut like lime it just a myth?
Doctor:avoid citrus fruit
User:usually how many days it should take to dry out totally?
Doctor:7 to 10 days
User:but you mentioned earlier that she can take baby in two days frm now?
Doctor:yes it is already 5 days now
Doctor:so two more days she should dry up
Doctor:You said they are drying out. If the lesions do not dry up then she should delay
User:ohh!! so 7 to 10 days from 1st day of infection.
User:yes since today mrng few of the leisons turned black
Doctor:Ok good sign
Doctor:but thumb rule is the infectivity nullifies when everything is dried out and the lesions fall
User:But fever will be there still another 2-3 days?
User:just another Q: you meant protein diet..does it include non-veg?
Doctor:Lean protein
Doctor:chicken muscle, fish, egg white
User:ok sir thanks a lot for this info...
User:I am just bit worried about this fever actually
User:is it normal for this fever to stay for three four days?
Doctor:Are you given Acyclovir?
Doctor:It can actually cause medication induced fever
Doctor:So she should have enough fluids like coconut water, ORS, electrolytes
Doctor:Did you understand this?
User:She is in hometown now..what I only know she is under lot of medication(since last 1 day only) not sure abt the name
User:but fever is thr since last 4 days
Doctor:Ok this could be either medication induced or dehydraton
Doctor:either case she has to consume a lot
Doctor:of water
Doctor:Did you understand?
User:thanks a lot 4 ur suggession
User:gd nght
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