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Can you catch chicken pox more than once?

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my mate said he has had them 3 times, i thought u only had them once... and also why do you only get them once? how come they dont return Read More
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
my mate said he has had them 3 times, i thought u only had them once... and also why do you only get them once? how come they dont return
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Yes, usually called shingles when your older.
#2
My OH definately had them twice.....i think if you have them very mild the first time you can catch them again? No doubt I will be shot down and told im wrong:roll:

just googled this

The immunity that follows infection with chickenpox is lifelong. Second attacks of chickenpox are rare, although sub-clinical (no symptoms) or very mild re-infections can occur, particularly in patients whose immune systems have been compromised in some way.
#3
It could be that when you first catch them, your immune system builds up a defence stopping you from getting them again. Which probably means chicken pox hasn't mutated like colds and flus.

Wow....thats the first time in my life I've sounded like a doctor and its good....s'gooooooooooood.
#4
yes.

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#5
Yes I had shingles when I was 25 - it was the most horrific pain imaginable - like someone holding a blow torch to your chest - the nerves are under constant attack. Then you get huge green bubbles full of pusss around the chest. I still have scars where the bubbles popped

The Herpees Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox) stays in your spine for the rest of your life and comes out as Shingles when you are stressed and immune system is weak so yoou can get 'Chicken Pox/Shingles' many many times ......

Especially older people
#6
Yup, a lady friend had the pox twice, and i've had the pox and shingles. Damn those chickens!
#7
Fairly rare, but if you don't build up a decent immumity the first time round you can catch it again, and again.

Shingles is an after-effect of chickenpox, which can occur many many years later and is particularly nasty.
#8
it's rare to catch them more than once but it is possible. The most common thing is for it to turn into shingles when you have had chickenpox already.
#9
Believe me it is very very difficult to get rid of Shingles - you cannot even wear clothes because if the clothing touches the skin you are left screaming in agony!


If I catch it again I will seriously consider suicide ...... but mine was a very extreme case, others don't get it as bad!
#10
thekudos
Yes I had shingles when I was 25 - it was the most horrific pain imaginable - like someone holding a blow torch to your chest - the nerves are under constant attack. Then you get huge green bubbles full of pusss around the chest. I still have scars where the bubbles popped

The Herpees Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox) stays in your spine for the rest of your life and comes out as Shingles when you are stressed and immune system is weak so yoou can get 'Chicken Pox/Shingles' many many times ......

Especially older people


my nan suffers from shingles and she finds it very painful x x
#11
thekudos
Believe me it is very very difficult to get rid of Shingles - you cannot even wear clothes because if the clothing touches the skin you are left screaming in agony!


If I catch it again I will seriously consider suicide ...... but mine was a very extreme case, others don't get it as bad!


I was a lucky one, got the blisters on my back and rib cage, took half an hour off work to go to the docs then took antibiotics for a week and all good!

I am super tough though. :-D not really . . . :oops:
#12
iv had chicken pox twice when i was a kid, and i had shingles at 16 was horrible, i hated it, calomine lotion is your best friend when it happens tho
banned#13
wow, these shingles are starting to scare me, what are the chances of getting these???????????
#14
jellybaby22
never caught chickenpox as a kid....people always say its best to catch it when your younger......always wondered why...


Steer clear of the infected hun, can be serious if caught for the first time in adulthood, unless thats something else i'm getting confused with . . .
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jellybaby22
never caught chickenpox as a kid....people always say its best to catch it when your younger......always wondered why...



Because you get time off school? Lol!
#16
mbgringo
Steer clear of the infected hun, can be serious if caught for the first time in adulthood, unless thats something else i'm getting confused with . . .


No, your right. The infection is worse as an adult. I first caught the pox when I was 18 and on my first placement in a nursery school. I was ill for two weeks. The younger you are the milder the infection.
#17
I got Chicken pox when I as about 8 .... I got Shingles at about 25..... a guy I was working with and my younger Brother had never had chicken pox but they both caught it when I developed Shingles. So stay away from any friends with Chicken Pox....
suspended#18
husband had shingles whilst immune system was low ( due to chemo) was v poorly, I had 5 year olds and him poorly at same time, I had the C/pox at 11, didn`t hVE time for shingles ( which are very painfull) avoid elderly relatives whilst poorly!!!!
#19
Chicken pox is caused by the HHV-3 Virus (Or Varicella Zoster), and you normally get it as a child. This causes the usual rash. It is a DNA virus that incorporates its DNA into your own, so you never get rid of it and it remains latent in nerve cells. Once you are older, usually over 40, it reactivates by stress, or by having a weakend immune system, and it is then called Shingles. This produces a slightly different illness, it reactivates and produces a rash around the nerver where it remained latent, usually around the abdomen chest or back, and produces a painful belt-like rash. Hope this helps, and doesnt scare anyone, but to sum up: Chicken pox when you are little(normally, older people can get it but it is more severe) and then it reactivates as Shingles later in life (it may not reactivate ever, or it can reactivate more than once)
#20
My son had chicken pox 5 times. I know this sounds incredible, but the first 4 times he caught it, months apart from each other, he only had like half a dozen spots or so. On the 5th time, he caught it properly, completely covered, poor thing, and hasn't caught them since (phew)
I caught them twice as a child incidently...
#21
I knew a child who was vacinated against chicken pox and still managed to catch it.
#22
The Virus (Herpees Zoster) Is the same virus that causes cold sores.....
#23
thekudos
The Virus (Herpees Zoster) Is the same virus that causes cold sores.....


I dont think thats right, as cold sores are caused by HSV-1, and the sexually transmitted form of Herpes is HSV-2.

Herpes Zoster, or Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV or HHV-3) is the causative agent of chicken pox and shingles
#24
I got Chicken pox for the first time a few days after breaking a my leg when i was 32. I was in pot up to the top of my thigh and then came out in the spots all over, it was a nightmare !!!
#25
Good grief.

Many misconceptions here

It is very rare to get chickenpox more than once. Majority of time, it was a wrong diagnosis, that's why people think they get it more than once.

If you only get a few spots then it's not chickenpox. Lots of spots appear within hours of each other. Many things can mimic chickenpox spots on the early stages, thats why often misdiagnosed.

Kids or adults with chickenpox cannot give anyone shingles. An adult with shingles could give someone chickenpox.

Shingles does not have to be very painful, sometimes it is just a simple rash, some people are unfortunate to have a lot of symptoms. Antibiotics won't help shingles because it is a virus not a bacteria. Antivirals are given in severe cases.

Can cause complications if you get it as an adult. Some countries immunise all kids against it already. Might become reality here too one day

Chickenpox is always around nurseries and schools. From exposure to chickenpox, and before spots appear can take 10-21 days. That's why you cannot prevent it going around, you have no idea who is affected. No good panicking when the spots appear, has already been spread about before then.

Take a look at the NHS direct site, good info there.

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