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Suggest treatment for chicken pox

My son has gotten the chicken pox just this morning. We took him to the doctor and so we found out. But i have not gotten the chicken pox yet and neither has my husband or 2 other kids. I am 39 years old and my son is 10. My other 2 children are 13, and 9. What should i do, because i can`t leave my son alone. He needs to be looked after, and i haven`t got chicken pox before but i know its a much higher risk. Please help. Thanks,

Lisa.



                                                                 
Tue, 30 Sep 2014
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I am sorry to hear that your son has chicken pox and that the rest of the family is now exposed. The chicken pox virus is extremely contagious and at this time the entire family has been exposed and if they never had chicken pox will probably get it. For the children this is usually an annoying illness with the blisters fever and itching and will last about 1-2 weeks. For the adults it could be more serious. It is possible though that you and your husband had chicken pox when you were children but very mild cases. If that is the case then you both may not contract the disease. If either of you do contract chicken pox I recommend you seek medical attention. Chicken pox in adults is more severe and needs more monitoring.

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