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Can chicken pox relapse?

my daughters - 4 & 6 have both had chickenpox when 2 & 8mths but recently virus is at youngest's preschool and both are crabby, irritable, hot and bothered etc. is it possible they could be being affected by the chicken pox virus youngest also has a bad cough and croaky throat
Tue, 3 Mar 2015
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is not possible that the acute infection is repeated, a person only experiences chicken pox once, then is immunized against future infection.

It is possible that she may have an acute cough and cold infection that may be causing her symptoms.

If this is the case, the use of over the counter cough and cold medications would be helpful.

If the symptoms are severe or non responsive then you can take her to the doctor for assessment and treatment.

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Can chicken pox relapse?

HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It is not possible that the acute infection is repeated, a person only experiences chicken pox once, then is immunized against future infection. It is possible that she may have an acute cough and cold infection that may be causing her symptoms. If this is the case, the use of over the counter cough and cold medications would be helpful. If the symptoms are severe or non responsive then you can take her to the doctor for assessment and treatment. I hope this helps