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Can It Be Chicken Pox?

My 4 year old has what I think may be Chicken Pox, even thou she had been immunized against it. The small red "zits" (as she calls them) started to appear on Saturday, by Monday they had white heads and were rupturing. She is NOT complaining about itiching nor does she have a fever. I had thought with the immunization she would not get them. We called the Dr. and were told that she could still get them, but there was no treatment unless they were BAD (she has maybe a dozen 'zits') so they didn't feel the need to see her. I feel horrible as I sent her to school on Friday and all of this week, not thinking she would get them. Now all the kids will have been exposed, and the teachers as well. (I found out that one of her teachers has not had them...) My question is if it is the Chicken Pox, how do I know when she is no longer contagious, and is it to late for the kids or Teacher to get the immunization shots against it?
Thanks all.

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Thanks to everyone for your wonderful advise. The Pox are only on her stomach, back and under arms. None on her legs, face or arms. I did get her in to see the Dr. and it was/is Chicken Pox, she just for some reason was not bothered by the itching.(I have been giving her Benedryal and using Calamine lotion which helps a lot.) It looks like it has about run it's course, and she should be able to return to school by the end of the week. After speaking with the Dr. I found out that the vaccine is not a guarantee against getting the Chicken Pox, but if the child does get them it is a much milder case than it would have been.

I notified the school and they sent out a notice to all the parents, so they can watch for it.

Again thanks all for the advise and concern.

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even though a child gets the varivax they can get a very small case of chicken pox- which usually become blister like and scab over. She is no longer contagious after they have all become scabbed over. if its more pimple like and and dont get scabbed over I would see the ped. since they are not itchy and are covered and she has not had a temp- I think the likelyhood of spreading them is pretty thin.

Yes, it can be a mild case of the Chicken Pox, yes you can get it more than once, yes you can get them even with shots. Usually there is a mild fever that goes with it. It can last for at LEAST week or two. Cut her nails short so she won't scratch, it doesn't take much to leave a scar. When the last sore has scabbed over then they are no longer contagious. (If I remember correctly) Take her to the doctor but call them ahead of time so they can put you in a sick room. Also call the school and let them know that it is a possiblity.
If it isn't chicken pox it is better to know anyway. =)

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Check with your doctor to see if it's impetigo... very common and easy to cure.

My 4 and 2 year olds also had the vaccine but were infected with Chicken Pox over Thanksgiving. I can't believe your Dr. didn't want to see them to confirm? Our Dr. told us that they were highly contagious until all of them had ruptured and had a scab on them, and more appearing for about 2 weeks. So, we were quarantined for a about 2 weeks. The good thing is that they WERE vaccinated so it was a mild case, but that does protect them better from getting them in the future.

As for the immunizations for the teachers and the other children, I really don't know.

I know it stinks to be in the house for so long, so hang in there and good luck!

The best thing to do is these situations is not take anyone's word for it and look it up yourself on the Internet. Also, contact your daughter's school and tell them that she MAY have chickenpox. That way they can make other parents aware as soon as possible. Although most of the time, it's not anything serious, some kids can have bad reactions to it, and you need to let them know, that way other parents can atleast watch out for it.

Hi C., This doesn't sound like any case of Chicken Pox my kids have ever had. Chicken Pox itch like crazy. They tend to start on the trunk both front and back, and spread from there. If it does turn out to be Chicken Pox they cease being contagious when all the pox have scabbed over. Good luck. E.

C.,

She will no longer be contagious when they have started to scab over(dry up). At that point she can return to school and wont spread them. I wouldnt worry about her spreading them to her school if she didnt scratch them. Good luck...and yes I was also shocked to learn even with the shot they could still get a lite case of them....

Younger kids do well getting Chicken Pox as it can prevent them from getting it again. The teacher who has never had it should really have gotten the vaccine against it since working with kids exposes you to a heap of things. So while you exposed them all there was no way you could have known she had Chicken Pox until the spots showed. Once the spots show the kid isn't contagious anymore.

And yes you can get Chicken Pox again even if you had it once but it is a rare occurrence. My aunt got them a few years back after her boys got Chicken Pox. The boys had gotten the vaccine and she had Chicken Pox as a kid.

Yes, it can be a mild case of the Chicken Pox, yes you can get it more than once, yes you can get them even with shots. Usually there is a mild fever that goes with it. It can last for at LEAST week or two. Cut her nails short so she won't scratch, it doesn't take much to leave a scar. When the last sore has scabbed over then they are no longer contagious. (If I remember correctly) Take her to the doctor but call them ahead of time so they can put you in a sick room. Also call the school and let them know that it is a possiblity.
If it isn't chicken pox it is better to know anyway. =)

Usually, by the time you notice someone has the CP, everyone's already been exposed. There is nothing you can do at this point.

The vaccine does not guarantee immunity...and the immunity it does give is short-lived. If she does have the CP, she'll have lifelong immunity. Not every case of the CP is a bad case. My daughter is not vaccinated and when she was exposed to the CP, she had no symptoms except for a fever for 3 days. I didn't think much of it and when she hadn't "gotten" the pox by the time she was 5 (this past year) I had her titers checked and she's got full immunity.

You can always take a picture of the pox and email them to your doctor (most won't want you to take your daughter to the office) and see what they say.

Also, as another person stated, it could be impetigo (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/impetigo.html). Chicken pox USUALLY (but not always) starts on the abdomen and spreads from there. Impetigo can start on the arms, face, and legs.

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