Chicken Pox~Have you had them? Are your kids vaccinated?

United States
March 22, 2007 8:29am CST
I never got the chicken pox. I am curious if anyone has had them as an adult? My kids are vaccinated, so i haven't come across them. If you have had them....was it painful?
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@hazydazy (783)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I had them on Valentines Day in the first grade. My mother did not know what it was so she sent me to school. I gave it to the entire class and my little sister. I had them really bad and got the flu on top of it. I was miserable. My son is vaccinated. So far so good.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
So i guess your classmates got alot more than just the traditional card and lolipop! HAHAHA. Isn't it great our kids are protected!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I'm 22 years old and I have yet to get the chicken pox. I really wish I would've just had them when I was a child. They say that once you're an adult - the chicken pox CAN be deadly. I'm so afraid of getting them.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
Me too. Thanks.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I had them as a child and all of my kids had them young but when my daughter had them my husband at the time (ex now) said he'd never had them and had to stay away from my daughter, and all care, because it's dangerous for adults to get them. A few years later we found out he actually did have them, his mother told us, and just didn't remember. My youngest son had them twice, when he was 2 and again when he was 6. The doctor said this happens alot more than people realize because the first time wasn't as sever.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I cannot imagine having them once, much less twice! I feel for your son. And so young! wow.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I had the chicken pox as a small child. At that time there no vaccinations for them. My children had them too as did my grandchildren. I would not want them as an adult. Afriend of mine's son has them now and he is an adult. He is having a miserable time with them too. Any childhood disease is so much harder on adults.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I have heard that too. I wonder why. I wonder if your bodies take longer to fight these deseases. Thanks for responding.
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
22 Mar 07
Hi there. Yes, I had chicken pox in my late twenties. It was really no fun. I started with symptoms of flu but a week or so after that I noticed red spots starting on my arms and thighs which later grew and had pus in them. When the chicken pox really got full blown, I had the pox all over my body, down to the soles of my feet, palms of my hands and even inside of the mouth! On top of that, I had high fever to contend with and some days I would just sit under the shower and let the water beat on me. Also, the pox was really itchy and I was so tempted to scratch, so I had to apply calamine lotion all over my body. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that my face and even the scalp of my head was covered. In other words, I got it real bad. However, not everyone's outbreak is as severe as mine and nowadays there are medication which will minimise the breakouts and you suffer so much less. It's not a painful condition but itchy, hot and uncomfortable. Most important thing to do is to see a doctor if you suspect you have chicken pox especially if someone in your workplace has it then you have to be even more alert if you come down with flulike symptoms.
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thank you. I really appreciate all the info. I haven't had them yet. But I have heard that it is worse as an adult. Thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like it was horrible.
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@kynni204 (2031)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I have never had chicken Pox, Never desired them. I am not participating in any virus catching, thank u very much...lol
• United States
22 May 07
I hope you won't encounter them anytime soon. My best friends' 4 year old just got them and I was hesitant as to whether or not i should go near him. Should I get it over with or just stay away..... I stayed away! Thanks for responding!
• United States
28 Apr 07
My brother and I had chicken pox at the same time. I had them when I was younger so I don't have to worry about getting them as an adult cause I had a really bad case of them. My daughter who is 5 hasn't had them yet nor have I had her vaccinated for them. I hope that she gets them in the summer time if and when she gets them so she doesn't have to miss a bunch of school.
• United States
28 Apr 07
After all i have heard already, i guess it is better to get them when you are young. I hope your daughter doesn't get bad. And i agree with the summer and school thing.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I had about 5 chicken pox when I was 6 years old. It was not enough to make me immune to the disease. I got them again when I was 13 and had them so bad I thought I was going to die! I had pox on every inch of my body! My children have had the chicken pox vaccine so I hope they never have to suffer with the chicken pox. If you get them when you are young they are not so bad. The older you are when(or if) you get them, the worse it is.
• United States
25 Apr 07
You got it twice....how horrible. After everything I have been hearing. I don't think I ever want to get them.
• Canada
23 Apr 07
I had the chicken pox as a child and three of my children have had them now and the two youngest one's have been vaccinataed against them . My father in law ended up getting the a few years ago and he was a mess . They didn't even look like chicken pox on him as he looked like someone who was severly burned all over from too much son and then he began to peel really bad . He was really sick with a fever and just wasn't feeling good at all . He was actually lucky as the older you are they say the more dangerous it is for you to get them as it becomes more dangerous with age . If you have never had them , you should be able to talk to your family doctor or someone in your area to become vaccinated for them the way they vaccinate babies now . I believe it might cost something but in the long run would be safer for you as they are most contageious when one does not even know they have them , it would be worth considering :)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I hope your father-in-law was able to heal quickly. It sounds like it was horrible. Did it last a long time?
@mememama (3077)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I had them when I was in grade school, it wasn't too bad at all. I loved being able to stay home from school! I'm glad I got it over with as a child because I have lifelong immunity. My son didn't get the vaccine, I think that's a pointless vaccine since every kid I know that's had the vaccine gets chicken pox anyways. They are trying to figure out booster and such for it, but the vaccine wears off. So if a kid gets the vaccine, it wears off, they can get chicken pox as an adult and that's way worse than getting it as a child. I hope that makes sense. So I hope my son gets chicken pox over with as a child.
• United States
23 Apr 07
My three kids have been vaccinated. I pray they will never have the actual disease. But if it is in their fate, I do hope they get them as children. Thanks for your response.
@AmbiePam (50380)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I have had chicken pox, but I was four. And I was vaccinated. I got it from my sister who was six at the time. Despite taking care of my sister and I when we had chicken pox, neither of my parents have had it themselves. They were very blessed because adult chicken pox is very painful. Strangely enough, I did know a girl who had chicken pox twice. That is a very rare occurrence. She had them when she was eight and then again when she was thirteen. Her parents were stumped until they took her to the doctor. They never thought a person could have chicken pox twice.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I have heard of this. Very few people do get the chicken pox more than once. But is does occur. Thanks.
@paulnet (748)
• India
31 Mar 07
Its is a highly contagious illness that is common in children. It causes an itching skin rash with blisters. The disease is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The viral infection is transferred from one person to another through direct contact with the broken chickenpox blisters and through airborne droplets. The infectious period lasts from about three days before the rash appears until all the blisters have formed scabs. The incubation period between being infected with chickenpox until the disease breaks out and symptoms appear is 10 to 20 days. The diagnosis is made by observing the symptoms and the typical appearance of the rash. The treatment mostly consists of easing the symptoms. Remember that an infected person will be contagious until new blisters have stopped appearing. Avoid scratching the blisters because of the risk of infection. Cut the nails short or make the patient wear gloves. Pay attention to personal hygiene. Calamine lotion will help to relieve the itching. Keep the patient in cold surroundings.
• United States
23 Apr 07
Awesome inforamtion! Thanks.