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Had chicken pox, pimple and heat boils, headaches, fever, red rashes, possible shingles. Should I take medication?

Hi, I'm 27 and I just had my first CHICKEN POX outbreak. I had my first spot on my face about 4 days ago but mistaken it as a pimple or heat spot (though I don't get pimples often). 2 days after that, I have massive headache and fever at night. I started to realised there were patches of red rashes on my body last night and when I woke up this morning, there were alot on my face and most of the red dots started to have water in it. I consulted two doctors with differing opinions. Doc #1 said that I should just let my chicken pox outburst to continue and heal itself as if it is intervened, I might have possibility of getting a second chicken pox in the future. Meanwhile Doc#2 advised to take the medication to stop the virus from spreading more as it will be asleep in our body throughout life after I heal. Additionally, the doctor also said it is an effective way of lowering the chances of getting shingles in the future. I am wondering if I should take the medication right now (Virless Acycloir). Also, is there any vaccination for shingles and if yes, when would the best timeframe be? Thanks.
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query.
The chances of getting chickenpox for a second time after getting it is almost zero percent.
Different doctors have different opinions on the treatment of chickenpox.
You can follow the second doctor advise and take acyclovir medication as advised by him as if it is started within 48 hours of onset of the disease, it will deccrease the severity.
Once you get chickenpox, the vaccination is not required and there is no any vaccine available to prevent the occurence of shingles once you get chickenpox.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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