Chickenpox: Docile or deadly?
R Soman, S MadanJournal of Postgraduate Medicine 2013 59(2):91-92
There is no cure for chickenpox, but the infection usually clears up without treatment within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, people can use home remedies to ease the symptoms.
Fletcher Smith, of Bridgwater, Somerset, was admitted to hospital on July 3 after his body had a life-threatening reaction to the chickenpox he caught from his sisters.
We are in the midst of a measles epidemic. As of July 25th, more than 1,100 cases have been reported in 30 states since the beginning of the year. That’s the highest number since 1992 — and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Given that measles is extremely contagious — the virus can linger in rooms even after a sick person has left — and can lead to serious complications, this is really alarming. There is a simple way to help: get more people immunized. How many children receive vaccines? Most children in the US are immunized. Only a little more than 1% of children have no immunizations....
The latent state of the human herpesvirus Varicella zoster virus (VZV) has remained enigmatic and controversial. While it is well substantiated that VZV persistence is established in neurons after the primary infection (varicella or chickenpox), we know little of the types of neurons harboring latent virus genomes, if all can potentially reactivate, what exactly drives the reactivation process, and the role of immunity in the control of latency. Viral gene expression during latency has been particularly difficult to resolve, although very recent advances indicate that it is more restrictive than was once thought. We do not...
CHICKENPOX is a common condition that mostly affects babies and children, although adults can get it too. Some parents may consider ibuprofen to reduce symptoms, but doctors warn using the anti-inflammatory drug to treat the condition can have adverse effects.
About two dozen Catholic school students and parents in Kentucky have lost their initial appeal in challenging a health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak
Abstract Herpes zoster (HZ), also known as shingles, results from reactivation of the latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which commonly causes chickenpox in childhood. Greater than 90% of adults are infected with this virus, putting them at risk for reactivation. HZ presents as a painful, vesicular rash distributed in a unilateral and dermatomal pattern along dorsal root or cranial nerve ganglia. The rash often presents with prodromal symptoms and progresses to include clear vesicular clusters, evolving through stages of pustulation, ulceration, and crusting. HZ therapy currently involves the use of antiviral ag...
Conclusions About 40% of transverse myelitis cases are caused by viral infections, some of them are herpes viruses and poliovirus. Varicella zoster infection is a common disease but not a common cause of transverse myelitis particularly in immuncompetent patients. The clinicians must be aware of this rare complication of VZV.
Emma Reavley, 41, first noticed red spots on her two-year-old daughter Emily's neck on April 25. Doctors at Hemel Hempstead's Urgent Care Centre diagnosed the rash as 'chickenpox'.
Alex Roantree-Roesch, from Gosport, Hampshire suffered a stroke aged seven. He could no longer talk or eat unaided. His mother Angela, 43, said 'it was like having a newborn baby again.'