Chicken Pox as an adult
Just picked the nipper up from the creche as she has chicken pox, I've never had it – someone said it's supposed to be bad in adults?
What's the symptoms as an adult? since I've picked her up I'm as itchy as an itchy thing but I'm pretty sure that's my imagination in overdrive.Posted 8 years agobobloMember
I'll try and be a bit more helpful 😉
I got it again as an adult, I's already had it as a child. It started with a horrible flu like fever, lack of appetite, cold sweats etc then progressed to spotty eruptions. I thought I'd been eating too much choccy and turned back into a teenager…
I was overseas at the time and the Doc gave me some pills (Valtrex I think) same active ingredient as Zovirax cream (chicken pox is a variant of herpes) and the pills cleared my 'condition' up in a couple of days. I was back in work within 3 days of symptoms much to the delight of my colleagues with kids 🙂
Not sure if you can get Valtrex in this country, ask yer Doc.
BTW, apparently it can be really horrible and develop into Shingles but I know as much a syou do on that subject, suggest Google…or God forbid, a Doctor 🙂Posted 8 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I had it a couple of years back.
Ended up looking like a Sweetcorn Pizza.
Itched like you wouldn't believe. Fortunately spent most of the first week asleep. (doc made me take 2 weeks off to avoid infecting the rest of the office). 2nd week I was fine and out on the bike every day.Posted 8 years agoTooTallMember
Nasty experience – got it in my 20s. Spots EVERYWHERE – yes, EVERYWHERE – and they itch and itch and the cream barely helps. Sick feeling, drained. I was nearly admitted when the spots inflamed and were threatening to close my windpipe and throat. Just pray that if you do get it, you get a light case of it. I was knackered for weeks.Posted 8 years agobuffSubscriber
I had Chicken Pox early this year after my two boys were exposed and I found out I had never had it. It takes about two weeks to incubate so I had the vaccination straight away to try and reduce the effects. Then when the spots came out I got Zovirax tablets from the Doc. That helped the spots but I still felt bad for a couple of days. I feel for you. Good luck.Posted 8 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
I had it when I was 32. I thought I was gonna die! It was absolutely horrible. Same as what others have already said really. I had spots in places you don't want to even hear about. In fact when I got circumsised a few years ago the scars from me scratching me knob were still there!Posted 8 years agoKeefMember
I had it in my late 30's had a severe allergic reaction,even had it in my lungs,coughing up scabs etc,I was rushed into emergency,then put straight in an isolation room,heart rate peaked at over 220bpm for over an hour,seriously thought I was gonna die,just thinkin about my kids and stuff,very weird experience,was like watching a film,from the inside.
got scars on face an all,wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
still,never mind eh ?Posted 8 years agostompyMember
Had it when I was 23…… really knocked the sh*t out of me. Felt completely drained, itched everywhere. Prob the most ill I've ever been (I don't get ill very often) it even put me off the drink!!
Baths and splashing water on the skin seemed to help but was still mega uncomfortable for about a week……just don't look in the mirror 😥Posted 8 years agoBelfastAndyMember
I had it earlier this year, the symptoms started about 10 days after my daughter had it, 1st 24 hours were dreadful, then got better gradually over the next 3 days or so, had it in my lungs too, not nice! spots laster about 2 weeks, the only thing that took the itch away was an oatmeal bath, makes you smell like porridge though…Posted 8 years ago
I got it in my late 20's, as did a load of adults where I work. I had hardly any problems with it at all, other than the spots existing and was given no medication, just a sick note. When I got back to work everyone was saying what a bad illness they had. I wondered if having an electric blanket and keeping it on high solved a lot of the symptoms for me, as I was fine while in bed, normal, only trips to the loo etc the first couple of days were less fun, but that of course was away from the heat.Posted 8 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
BTW, apparently it can be really horrible and develop into Shingles
I don't think that is correct – shingles is a recurrence of the chicken pox virus so I don't see why it is any more likely to appear just because you got the original as an adult. (Apart from you have more chance of getting shingles if you have had chicken pox because you cannot got shingles if you have not had chicken pox).Posted 8 years agomojo5proMember
When I got it I remember suddenly feeling really woosy, like a bad hangover and having to go to bed it was that bad. Think the spots came a day or 2 later (and they were everywhere!). Like stompy said, it really wiped me out too for a couple of weeks. Think I lost over a stone in weight.Posted 8 years agoGeronimoMember
I had it earlier this year @32.
I felt shivery, woozy and then broke out in spots.
The itching was bad, but I managed to resist scratching completely. Just block it out!
-I did accidentally knock off one scab when taking my T-shirt off which produced a scar -The rest of the spots disappeared.
I felt bad for a few days and was off work for 10 days, over May Bank holiday.Posted 8 years ago
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