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Never infected yet with chicken pox. What are the chances of contracting and any prevention ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 07-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello Dr. XXXXXXX
User:I am 27 years old and I have never been infected by the chickenpox bacteria
User:One of my friends contracted chickenpox (was quite severe) a month back
Doctor:Chickenpox is caused by virus. Any way, please proceed.
User:I met him two days back
User:My question is:
User:1. What are my chances of contracting chickenpox?
User:2. What can I do to prevent the infection?
Doctor:As the infection is caused by virus which can spread by contact, it is considered as a communicable / contagious disease.
Doctor:However we do not have specific calculator to calculate the risks of getting infected by a single contact.
Doctor:If your friend had an active lesion and if you had touched those lesions, there are chances that you may get the virus.
Doctor:As per the recent guidelines vaccination against the virus protects one from getting the infection.
Doctor:There are vaccines available.
Doctor:2 doses taken apart 4-8 weeks gives good protection against infection.
Doctor:You can visit a nearby hospital for the vaccination (if you haven't been vaccinated earlier).
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:What is an active lesion?
User:I mean how do we identify that a lesion is still active?
User:Also, if you can let me know which vaccine is this?
Doctor:Chicken pox presents with initial symptoms which are similar to any common flu infection.
Doctor:The virus doesn't spread much during this initial stage.
Doctor:Over a period of time, the person infected gets skin rashes, vesicles and blisters.
Doctor:Some of the fluid filled lesions can rupture.
Doctor:When there is contact with such lesions - either directly or indirectly, there are chances that it can get transmitted.
Doctor:So your chances of getting the infection depends on how much contact you've had with your friend.
Doctor:Varicella vaccines are available widely at many places in India. Most of the specialty hospitals should would have this facilty.
Doctor:You can visit one such hospital and get vaccinated.
Doctor:If you fear a very close contact as to transmit cause fear of transmission, along with the vaccination you can also ask for varicella zoster immunoglobulin.
Doctor:That should lower your chances of transmission very significantly.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:I have to close the chat as you are not responding.
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