Chicken Pox as adults?

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    Jun 13, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed with Chicken pox today and I feel so bad. After reading stuff on internet and consulting with my doctor I was wondering if anyone on RJ had chicken Pox as adults.If yes what was your experience like
    1) Scarring left after scabs were gone?
    2) Any complications like Pneumonia?
    3) How much time did it take for you to get back to working out?
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    Jun 13, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    I got a bout of chicken pox during my first year in college (does that count?). I did not suffer from any scarring or suffer from complications. Did not remember how long I was off the gym though.
  • ursa_minor

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    Jun 13, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    not me but my dad at age 60+ (shingles)

    ---the only scar that was left was of his first blister (I wonder why, but for the younger version of the chicken pox, my scar was of the 1st blister as well). i guess it still depends on how you take care of the blisters

    ---no pneumonia as i recall but fever for a few days (< 1 week)
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    Ugh -- my condolences. I had a pretty bad case as an adult (I was 27). I was sick for about 3 weeks (the itchiness + the fatigue).

    I only have 1 or two tiny scars, hardly noticeable, but they are both places where the scabs came off early, so DON'T SCRATCH! (and always pat dry after a shower/bath.)

    Things that help:
    -- make sure your doctor prescribes acyclovir (which will damp down the viral replication)
    -- mine also put me on a powerful antihistamine that also has anti-anxiety effects (Atarax/hydroxyzine) -- it definitely helped when the itching got excruciating
    -- oatmeal baths (Aveeno is good)
    -- Calamine lotion
    -- light sheets on your bed
    -- Netflix icon_smile.gif You'll be contagious for a while (your doctor will know how long), so plan on staying home

    Didn't have any complications, luckily: that was the intent of the acyclovir, so I guess it worked.

    I would guess you'll be out of the gym for 3-4 weeks -- I started swimming again after about 3 weeks, but it definitely took some time to get my energy back.

    Good luck....!

    P.S. This is against all the advice you'll get, but it helped me: when the itching got to be too much, I'd take a really hot shower, with high pressure -- not enough to dislodge any of the scabs, but it felt like I was able to itch. Only for acute emergencies, though -- it can raise your general itchiness, though it helped me for the most aggravating ones.
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    Jun 13, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    Thanks guys so much for your response. When my doctor mentioned that if you have any trouble breathing rush to the ER right away that scared me a bit and thus wanted to know if that was a common thing or not. So far here and asking people I know it seems like a rare thing and it has help me get calmed a bit.

    My doctor did Prescribe me Valtrex to suppress further growth of virus. This is my first day taking medication so hopefully it will get better from here.
    The itching is really bad but so far I have been able to avoid it, I do take Benadryl it gets to bad, that control the itching and knocks me out for a couple of hours icon_smile.gif

    Doctor has given me a week more to be contagious, and I should be done with scabbing by then too. Hopefully he is right. But he has given me a note to be out of office for next two weeks. I can still work from home.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 13, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    I had chicken pox my senior year of high school. It was rough, my fever was the worst, besides the itching and (this id the gross part) the smell.