Patient Comments: Chickenpox - Adult Experience

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Please describe your experience with being infected with chickenpox as an adult. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Angharad, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I never had chicken pox as a child, I got it when I was 39. I had three days of bad headache and aches and pains all over, but especially lower back. On the fourth day I woke up with a fever and small blisters were just starting to develop on my forearms, back, face and chest. My legs weren't affected. The itching was never unbearable, the worst thing was just feeling generally unwell, tired and achy. It took six weeks to feel fully better.

Comment from: Christina , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I’m 20 years old and currently suffering with chicken pox - 5 days leading up to my spots I felt terrible, and had fatigue, fever, body aches, etc. The first spots started on my eyebrow and my nose. Each day more spots became present all over my face, scalp, ears, breasts, stomach, genital area, back, feet, in between toes and even in my mouth and throat! My eyes swelled from them too. I have never been in so much pain and discomfort! Have to keep telling myself it’s not forever - you can get through this!

Comment from: Saraho, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 13

I’m a 26 year old dentist (vaccinated as a child), must have got chickenpox from a patient at the hospital where I work. I’m on my 5th day. The itching is terrible. The water filled blisters are so uncomfortable. They are on every inch of my body. They have not spared my inner ear, eyelids, nostrils, eye brows, between my fingers, vagina etc. The headaches are so painful. I just want this to end soon.

Comment from: Arka, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 06

In my home my dad is suffering from chicken pox for the last 3 weeks. After he was infected with the virus, the next week I felt some thorny sensation in the corner of my mouth, just below the tongue. I applied some antibiotic for 3 or 4 days but it did not work out. I felt something stuffy inside my mouth. Two days back I found chicken pox on my body first. Currently it has spread to almost my whole body including inside my mouth; on the tongue, on the gums and even on the roof of the mouth there are some while ulcer kind of things spread out. I even find it difficult to swallow as blisters are inside the throat as well.

Comment from: Alp, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 07

I had surgery to C4-C5 3 months ago. A cadaver bone was used with clamp. Surgery went great. Now I have swollen lymph nodes along the right side of my neck to front and pain to the base of my skull to the neck. It's painful to the touch and it feels like there is something caught in my throat. I was sent to the emergency room. All blood work is normal and CT scan shows slight enlargement of 1.1 x 1.7 cm sinus, and throat and tonsil show no infection. I run a slight fever and it feels large to me; like there is something in my throat.

Comment from: anuj upadhyay, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

My chickenpox symptoms are fever and itchiness, and rashes all over the body. Yesterday only I got infected. Here in India people say to do nothing about the rashes, it will be automatically gone. My 2 year old baby was infected from this virus 15 days ago. I used neem leaves in her bath tub in warm water before she went to bathe. There is also a belief here that you shouldn’t have oily food and shouldn’t go out because that will harm you more.

Comment from: evergreenkidd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I wanted to share my adult chicken pox experience here, since I went through it recently and this site brought me some relief hearing from others. I thought I had chicken pox as a child. I was wrong, and I got it at age 33. I experienced at least a week of malaise and tiredness. By the 5th day of feeling this way I went to the doctor who checked me for Lyme's disease and mononucleosis. By the 6th day I had an incredible fever, and I started noticing small, fluid-filled blisters all over my body. By the 7th day I was covered in blisters that turned from fluid-filled and clear to red. I went to the doctor who told he was unconvinced of my self-diagnosis of chicken pox and told me to see a dermatologist. I went to the doctor again on day 8 because the rash got worse, and they were finally convinced I had chicken pox. I wish that they had believed me because I could have started Valtrex sooner. Not only was the rash uncomfortable, it was painful. I felt like I had pins and needles all over my body, but instead of numbness it felt like electricity. I will never forget this pain. If you are an adult and get chicken pox, you may experience a similar neuropathy. After 2 days of excruciating pain, my blisters finally began to just itch. My fever lasted for 5 days straight. I would take ibuprofen to lower it, and when it would wear off it would jump back up and hover around 101 to 103. I also experienced pressure on my optic nerve and some double vision. I also had abdominal pain. The combination of chicken pox and taking Valtrex plus ibuprofen also made my liver enzymes elevate slightly. My entire experience took 14 days to run its course. I spent about 10 of those days literally bed ridden with no energy, fever, and pain. It was the worst experience I had in my life. My parents said I developed a fever and rash when I was a child and wrote it off as chicken pox, but my doctor confirmed I had no pre-existing antibodies to it. Please get vaccinated if you have any doubt in your mind if you had chicken pox. It was an excruciating experience.

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Comment from: lisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

It took several visits to my doctor and lab tests as I was getting very sick with lower abdominal pain that pierced through my side and I was then unable to stand or walk. Every time I would start to get a flare up I would get very bad diarrhea and my stomach would make the loudest bubbling sounds I have ever heard it make. My main doctor failed at finding what was wrong with me. I then started to notice the signs and started going to the emergency room. My first visit the doctor was very concerned and had me do several different tests, MRI, CT scan, etc. With the results in he told me I have diverticulitis and as I was getting sick many times in the last year he said it was most likely really bad and ordered me a colonoscopy. Mind you, at this time I was 36 years old and I am now 40. For 2 1/2 years I was sick twice or more times a month. After having the colonoscopy the surgeon went over the results with me and told me I have a severe case and need more than a foot of my colon removed. I have not scheduled a surgery because I can’t afford it. I manage to get by with avoiding seeds except tomatoes. I haven’t cut them out at all and sometimes it makes me have a flare up but mostly I am fine. Certain foods set it off like any buffets, and the worst for me are fried foods. I have noticed that a few people I have met who have it eat foods that I can’t and vice versa so I think it just depends on the person. It really is hard to be sick all the time.

Comment from: BEN, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

I am a 26 year old male. My girlfriend’s family came over for Christmas and her little nephew developed chicken pox. I was unaware if I had the disease as a child but I was soon to find this out. It has been around 3 weeks since contact with the baby. I started with flu like symptoms and a terrible fever. It is now day 4 and I am covered in spots all over my body my face and hair being affected worst. I am using calamine lotion but my mouth feel extremely painful. I just want this to be over.

Comment from: Fiji, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I contracted chickenpox at the age of 19 when I was in university, right before my 20th birthday. I spent my birthday at home in isolation. Aside from the incessant itch of the pox lesions themselves, it felt like I had the worst flu ever; I was severely lethargic, and everything ached. I have been left with quite a lot of scars, especially on my scalp, but also down my spine where the lesions were easily knocked. Even to this day, the scars on my scalp can be sensitive to touch, and occasionally even painful.

Comment from: 30yroldfemalechpox, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I'm 30 years old. I am finally on the mend, but first chickenpox symptoms arrived two weeks ago. I had a major headache, felt feverish, nauseous, and generally unwell. The next day, the first two spots appeared on my neck and under my breast. Then over the next few days, I had a fever, and hundreds more spots appeared mostly on my face, chest, back, ears, neck, and arms, and with just a few on my legs. I also had some in my vagina and in my throat; it hurt to swallow food. Right now, I feel physically normal somewhat, but I am fatigued and have diarrhea and trouble digesting food. It was only two weeks ago it started, so I am hoping to be 100 percent normal in the next couple weeks.

Comment from: Jenn Jett, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I teach English in Japan and didn't have the chickenpox as a child. For two days I had a really bad sinus headache (which I often get) along with feeling generally unwell. On the third day I woke up with itchy spots all over my body; at first I thought they were mosquito bites but pretty soon suspected that it was the chickenpox. I went to the doctor, but the interpreter I was with failed to tell them my concern about chickenpox, as she dismissed it as a child's disease, so the doctor didn't even bother to look at my spots. The doctor said I had a virus and sent me home, much to my frustration as I suspected it was the pox and was worried about infecting people. Luckily I spoke to another Japanese person who had had the pox as an adult, they took one look at me and rushed me to a different doctor, who this time looked at my spots and confirmed it was the pox. They gave me a drug called Valtrex which really helped me and stopped further blisters from forming, so I was saved from the worst of it which I have heard can be quite brutal for some adults. I had to take a week off work and felt generally fluey and unwell during this time, but it would have been a lot worse without the Valtrex medication. I have no idea where I got it from as I don't work with young children, but I guess you can get it from anywhere, even public toilet seats are a possibility if the person sitting before you had blisters on their thighs. If you're an adult with the pox, definitely ask your doctor about an anti-viral drug like Valtrex as it reduced the symptoms for me a lot.

Comment from: Moradi, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 21

I am a 5th year medical student. Seventeen days ago, when I was in the pediatric clinic, there was a boy who was standing beside me and I had not noticed him; he had varicella infection. Three days ago I had mild fever, mild myalgia, headache, and nausea (a bit). I didn’t know what happened, I used 2 pills of ibuprofen for my headache, and I hadn’t any clinical sign of rhinovirus infections. And yesterday I noticed an erythema on my leg which was somehow excoriated. And last night, when I was sleeping, I remembered the boy with chicken pox. The rashes are growing now.

Comment from: ozhelen, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 14

My husband is 53 and contracted chicken pox 8 days ago. He also had them as a kid when he was 9. Fortunately for me, I was not in contact with him for the 14 day incubation period as I was in my own quarantine after getting pleurisy. So I was downstairs and he upstairs. So day 8, the spots which there are thousands of, have turned a darkish color, and some have faded. He hasn’t slept for 3 nights due to swelling in his hands, elbow, and shoulder. He cannot even hold a glass. As most have said, swallowing is difficult, especially if he has something hot which is out of the question. I have bought him ice blocks to hydrate him and he is managing to eat something. Now I am waiting for the home doctor to arrive to see what this pain is in his hands, arms shoulders. I haven’t had chicken pox so I am really, really practicing infectious control. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

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Comment from: alfred, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

Sunday night I got fever, Monday I saw a few small red rashes. Tuesday, the rash increased, so Wednesday I went to the doctor and confirmed that it is chicken pox and I was given acyclovir. Rashes appeared everywhere and multiplied very fast and it went full blown blisters by night. I got a lot in the body and face (looks hideous). For these days, I had to control my fever by taking paracetamol. Thursday night all the rashes had maximized. Now it is my 5th day and it is Friday, I think it has stopped from spreading. Some started to dry up. My throat also hurts, difficult to swallow even liquids, but have to endure since I need to drink and eat. Also I was advised to bathe with boiled guava leaves in water which I think is also effective in healing. It was also advised to me by my doctor. Guava Leaves are used in herbal medicine as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antioxidant and they are good for drying and cleaning up wounds.

Comment from: Cant Stop Scratching, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I'm 39. Today is my 5th day with chicken pox. On the first day, it felt like 2 insect bites on my right shoulder. The next day, I started developing fever and got a few more red dots on my abdomen and left thigh. I went to see the doctor but was told to wait another day to confirm! On the 3rd day more red dots popped up on my abdomen, neck, and back; not good so I went to another doctor and was prescribed acyclovir. Fever was terrible but there was no itch. Oh my, on the 4th day the red dots erupted everywhere on my body and I started getting this bad sore throat. The worst was the scalp (at least 20 big ones). There were probably several hundred if not thousands all over my body. One huge gigantic one on my eyebrow. So today the 5th day is the day the itch started. Unbearable, starting from the scalp, neck to the back. The fever is gone but replaced with a blistering headache. I can't wait to get to the 14th day!

Comment from: K, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I am a 48 year old male. My wife had shingles and within 14 days I developed flu-like symptoms, i.e. fever, shivering, body ache, fatigue, and sore throat. Within 48 hours, a red blister appeared on my torso which was obviously chickenpox. I went to the immediate care center and obtained prescription for acyclovir. The blisters continued to spread on days 4 and 5 (scalp, face, torso, arms and legs). The worst area is around my forehead, chin and lower cheeks. On day 5, the itching was intense. Now, on day 6, no new blisters, and they are all scabbing. Crossing my fingers that the medication shortened the breakout which it appears to have done. Wish I had taken chickenpox vaccine since I never had chickenpox as a child. They are no fun but it could have been worse.

Comment from: 2clickswest, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

It is rather morally depressing and disgusting to have a chickenpox. Being all ugly and itchy. But what concerns me most is that weird headache which is sort of stingy or like cold. Weird, but I have got to see a doctor anyway.

Comment from: Anghellika, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I am a 26 year old health care worker on a wellness clinic. I am on my 4th day encounter with chicken pox. It spread rapidly on my face and scalp on 3rd day. I was prescribed with acyclovir which I am currently taking. It has been tough being isolated, knowing you'll be alone on Christmas and New Year.

Comment from: AJ, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I'm 30, and it is my 3rd or 4th day into my first ever chicken pox attack (VZV). It started on Tuesday with one or two spots on my torso. It was not itching. But by Wednesday, it had spread all over my upper trunk. It continued spreading through Thursday. I went to a doctor on Thursday, which was thanksgiving. He prescribed some steroids (prednisone 10 mg) and hydroxyzine pamoate 50 mg for the itching (which is basically a heavyweight Benadryl). It is Friday now and the rash has covered all over my body. There are more and new ones appearing today than ever before. I really hope it stops. By far the worst experience of my life.

Comment from: Jay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am a 46 year old female. A few days ago I felt so unwell but did know why. I got up two days ago, put myself in the shower and found spots, lots of spots. Off to the doctors, and I was diagnosed with adult chickenpox. The spots are everywhere now, on scalp and I have very long hair I can’t ever brush because it is just too painful. They are in my ears and all over my body. I have mouth ulcers making it hard to eat. I just hope the medication and time will heal all.

Comment from: Vicki, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I'm 19 and currently going through the worst experience of my life, I have chicken pox. I had it as a child but unfortunately I have got it again, I have spots literally everywhere (back, front, buttocks, front private parts, my head, face, and ears). It all started about 4 or 5 days ago. Some spots have scabbed now and I'm not so itchy now, but what is really making me not sleep or eat is the chicken pox in my mouth, they are currently red with white heads on them. I can barely drink and I can't eat anything, it's too painful especially when I swallow. I don't think I can take this any longer. I'm currently taking ibuprofen, paracetamol, Piriton, and drinking as much water as I can.

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Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I was diagnosed with chicken pox last week at the age of 53. I had no symptoms beforehand apart from feeling a little low and weepy. The spots appeared on my torso on Thursday night and I went to see the doctor Friday morning where I was given anti-viral tablets acyclovir. Apart from more spots developing on my back and arms which are itchy I feel fine. It has been six days now and I have stayed indoors but apart from making sure I drink regularly and rest now and again I have no other symptoms.

Comment from: Susan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed with chicken pox 4 weeks ago after already having them two weeks prior. No fever, or chills, some body aches, but 6 weeks I into this, I am still breaking out. I have kept constant contact with my doctor. I haven't been to work for 4 out of the last 6 weeks. Today, they took more blood, and are contacting the center for infectious diseases to see if this is normal for me to be taking so long for the virus to run its course. Overall, I feel fine with the exception of the itching.

Comment from: The Black Plague, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I am 24 and on day five of having chicken pox. One of the most unpleasant experiences of my life so far. I woke up with a serious fever originally, and headaches and general unwell-ness but worked through it. This happened again the following day, however by the end of the day my scalp was covered in bumps. I thought I'd been bitten by an angry bug. The morning following this, I woke up gasping for breath, barely able to move. I got taken to hospital where I was immediately admitted and put on a drip. Originally they thought I had chickenpox pneumonia but thankfully they ruled it out after 24 hours, so I am now home in bed. I still feel rather unwell, get headaches, keep randomly falling asleep and have a terribly sore throat. I also look like a bubonic plague victim, I'd be a perfect Game of Thrones extra right now. It's a horrible experience.

Comment from: indianmale, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I am 26 year old male from India. I contracted chicken pox from my nephew who had it. The symptoms started on a Sunday night when I had mild fever. On Monday morning, I could see rashes on my trunk area. I visited the doctor who prescribed acyclovir, Dolo, Cifran, Sompraz and Deslor. I had mild fever on Monday night as well and the number of rashes increased on Tuesday. Same pattern followed on Tuesday night as well. I observed a pattern of fever followed by appearance of rashes. For me none of the rashes itch except that I feel a pulling sensation on my skin, especially the face. Note that I am also following traditional Indian cures for curing chicken pox. Some of them are, eat only bland/sweet/sour food. Don't eat salty, spicy, oily food which increases itching. I ate rice, bread, fruits, dry fruits like almonds, and drank lots of coconuts water. While taking bath I use neem leaf extract to disinfect the water. I sit near the window to reduce sweating, which increases itching.

Comment from: David M., Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I have chicken pox right now. I did not feel like I could eat for first 2 days. Then the bumps came and it is the 3rd day of bumps so far, and more every day from the first. Now I have at least 1 in my mouth. They gave me a prescription of acyclovir 800 mg 5 times a day. I hope the rash worked its course by now. I am a 48 year old 145 pounds male.

Comment from: aashish, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I had headache, body pain, and fever like feeling (but actually hadn't when I checked with thermometer). Next day small pimples appears in my scalp. I thought it was small sand particles (sand particles which generally stick to your head/scalp when you move across any construction site). I ignored that. Then on the very same day small pimple like thing appeared in my back near waist and in the toe. Again I ignored thinking that they were pimples due to summer heat. But it started again in my neck and upper arm and then I realized it must be something wrong. I consulted a doctor confirming chicken pox. Next day more bumps on my back. Expected some more in next few days.

Comment from: Megadon, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I'm a 46 year old male. I'm getting another degree and decided to go to a BSN program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). So I had to get all my immunizations up to date to work in a clinical setting. I got the varicella vaccine on 10/24/2014 and exactly 2 weeks later I broke out with the chickenpox. It really was mild, only a little pox on mostly my trunk, very few on my head, face, arms, and legs. I'm in day 5, and most are dried up and scabbed. But now I have a killer headache. I had body aches and pains the first 2 days, really no fever at all. I was lucky I guess to get it from the vaccine since they call that a breakthrough chickenpox. Now I hear that there are many cases of people getting the chickenpox after receiving the vaccine. So just a bit of warning. If you get the vaccine, you just might get the chicken pox.

Comment from: OzoneO, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I was about 19 when I contracted chickenpox. The worst of it lasted about 3 weeks where I couldn't get out of bed due aches in the muscles/joints and nausea. Severe and constant headaches for the first few days were exacerbated by a body wracking cough that would in turn cause my whole body to hurt, from my head, to my aching throat, to all the joints. The blisters were mostly over my face, arms and upper chest, years later I still have some of the scars. The deep, painful cough lasted a few months after I'd recovered from everything else.

Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I caught chicken pox from my elderly mother who recently had shingles. I am 48 years old. My chicken pox started with apparent neck/shoulder ache followed by severe yet periodic back pain. On day 4, shivers started. On day 6, I found one spot on my abdomen and 2 spots on my scalp. The next morning (day 7) I had several more spots which gradually increased in number. Then I realized that I had contracted chicken pox!! The fever actually lasted for 9 days in total! This has all happened just 3 months before my wedding, so I have been quite depressed to see my body covered with blisters, scabs and now a few scars. Anyhow, it certainly could have been a lot worse, so I am grateful for small mercies!

Comment from: BurbankCA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

First my 6 year old got chickenpox, then the next day my 8 year old woke up with it, then the 3rd day my 3 year old woke up with it. He was in bed with us and cried and was burning up. On the 4th day, I woke up and couldn't move, I had it. I was 32. My husband freaked and called doctor, the pediatrician put all 4 of us in hospital in our own room since I was in no shape to take care of anybody. The next day I had them in my lungs, hair, and every part of my skin. I ran a fever of 105 and they put me in ICU because I couldn't breathe. My kids got better after 5 days but I was in hospital for 2 weeks. I had to have something where they 'washed my lungs'. I don't know, it was weird and I don't remember much thank goodness!

Comment from: SpottySue87, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I’m 27 years of age and am suffering from chicken pox at the moment and I don’t think I have ever experience anything like it. Here is how it started: Day 1: feeling a bit queasy, loss of appetite and head ache. Day 2: nausea but no vomiting, awful headache, shivers and body aches (almost flu like). Day 3: big bumps on my face and they didn’t itch but were bothering me as more and more developed while I was at work. In the evening I noticed some on my chest and my suspicions began. Day 4: my face and head (underneath my long hair) were awfully itchy, I had a sore throat, dry cough and a very itchy vagina. I went to the doctors and he told me it was chicken pox but said it seemed mild so I must have had it before... he was so wrong. Day 5: I had a terrible night with the urge to constantly scratch, it was hot too so had a fan on all night to avoid sweating. I felt flu like again and had a load more spots. My face was smothered and my back, tummy, ears, armpits, vagina, bottom, nose, throat and mouth. This was the peak for me with more spots developing on my legs. I didn't want to get out of bed and just generally felt weak with a fever, shivers and aching body. Day 6: again, a terrible night sleep and really felt sorry for myself. Itching eased and some started to scab. Day 7: only just starting to dry up and fall off and generally feeling weak, aching body and weak feeling. The doctor seemed to think I must have had chicken pox before but how wrong he must have been. He obviously believes you can get it twice though and my parents honestly couldn’t remember if I had it as a child or not. My son had caught it from nursery and recovered 3 weeks ago. So it does take time to develop. I have been taking ibuprofen, paracetamol (which never works for me anyway), bicarbonate of soda baths or oatmeal in a sock in the bath, calamine lotion, and a fan.

Comment from: SJDawn0123, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I was 37 years old. First symptom was feeling queasy and unable to eat. When I tried to eat or drink anything, even a teaspoon of water, I dry heaved. Nothing could stay down. Constant headache 24-7 and 103 fever. This lasted for about 4 days when in my foggy state I realized I hadn"t eaten or drunk anything for 4 days and that wasn"t a good thing. I called the doctor who stated I must go to emergency room which I did. They thought I had meningitis. I got an MRI, spinal tap (ouch), etc., all negative. Mom says I had it as a child, which apparently I did not since you can"t get it twice. Finally, they diagnosed it as chicken pox. No itching and only four sores on my wrist. I was never so sick in my whole life. After that ordeal was over, I developed secondary arthritis for weeks. I couldn"t even wear shoes, only sandals due to severe swelling in feet and legs. Felt like I was 90 years old when I tried to get out of bed each morning. I don"t wish this on anyone. If you are an adult and haven"t had chicken pox, please get the shot!

Comment from: Spotty UK, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 29

I had chicken pox at age 41. Day 1, tiredness, aches in muscles and joints, and shivery that night. Day 2, I was weak and had fever all day, a few red marks on chest, that evening high fever 40.1C. Day 3, I had around 50 spots on trunk, face, scalp, and palm of hand, and a fever of 38.5C. Day 4 I was covered in spots, many blistered, some beginning to dry, I still have fever of 38.5C. I have been taking paracetamol for the fever and using Aveeno shower gel and calamine (which does help in my case). I am also wearing only light cotton and leaving skin open to air when possible to help the pox dry out. Miserable disease but could be much worse.

Comment from: serpico, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I just had chicken pox. It lasted about a week. I first felt a little sick and sweated during the night, but didn"t think anything of it. Some small itchy blisters began to appear, and I was convinced I either had fleas or bed bugs in my house. Two days later I realized I had chicken pox. I stayed home for the next 4 days. Itchiness got worse for the next day but then disappeared very quickly. Next two days after that I had pretty severe headaches (almost as bad as my migraine headaches) but only at night. On the 7th day I felt fine.

Comment from: Rennie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

Two or three weeks ago my 8 year old son developed shingles (rarely seen in children). I was worried as I myself and his younger sibling haven"t had chicken pox. Four days ago the younger child too started with spots. No fever, their few spots have all but cleared. I on the other hand, suffered a day and a half with the flu like symptoms, and my whole scalp was itchy. The next day I got some red spots, and the base of my hairline had bumps and were itchy. Now to today, I am covered in over 250 spots (yes, I just about counted them all, but keeping track was making me upset). Around 50 of those are now blistering. The worst affected area is my "lady region". I have several painful pox around the delicate areas. Every few minutes I weep in uncontrollable bursts of moaning, squeals and tears. Last night I was awake for 4 hours with "her" pain. I have several in my mouth; under my tongue, inside of my cheek, back of my mouth and in my throat. My glands behind my ears and down my throat are swollen, and I just want it to end. I am so happy my kids didn"t get this bad.

Comment from: Ad, 25-34 (Patient) Published: November 27

I’ve had chicken pox for just over 2 weeks now (31 years old), all spots now scabbed up and slowly clearing. At the start of it I suffered headaches and aches and pains, couple days later couple of spots on the stomach, then a day or so after that I was covered (I mean covered) all over stomach, chest, back, face, arms, thighs hands and feet. I went back to the doctor as I could hardly keep myself awake, I was so lethargic and weak. The doctor said it was the worst case he had seen on an adult (spot wise). He gave me acyclovir and the spots stopped appearing a day after that and now they are dried up and slowly flaking away. Over the 2 and a bit weeks of having it, there were 3 consecutive days when I was really bad with symptoms of being tired, weak, sick feeling, fever, sore throat, severe headache and eye ache; I was itchy, irritable, confused and fuzzy. It's not a nice thing to have but hopefully just a case of waiting for spots to go now, hopefully my face clears up soon, I look a mess.

Comment from: Rgallagher80, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I contracted chickenpox on thanksgiving morning 1 month before my 30th birthday. I was vaccinated young so I couldn't believe that I had it. I went through 14 days of staying in bed, on prednisone, acyclovir, and Keflex. It's been 3 years since that experience and I have developed rheumatoid arthritis, celiac, and most recently Crohn's. Before this, I was a healthy woman, a runner and full of energy. Now during a flare up I am exhausted, can't get my weight above 106 (used to be 134 5'2). I am being treated by amazing physicians.

Comment from: mukesh, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I want to share my experience and highlight a few things as precaution in order to have early healing. 1. Don't eat salt for a week, it will help in reducing the itching sensation. 2. Avoid oily stuff and have more milk products. 3. Change your bed-sheet on a daily basis and not take bath for at least first five days. It helps reduce the probability of spreading the pox. Over and above these take doctor prescribed medicine.

Comment from: JimBo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I've been considering the shingles vaccine but due to its very high cost and low performance statistics I decided to try to determine if I really need it. I am currently 67 and had chickenpox around age 50. I had a late life son who passed it on to me. Very nasty experience! I can't find any information on the gestation period for a shingles outbreak. Almost all available information assumes chickenpox was contracted by people as a child of about 10 years. I did find one note that said shingles was to be expected 50 years out from chickenpox but that might just be a bogus extrapolation of the 'infected at 10 need vaccine at 60' rule. Theoretically, I wonder if someone could contract shingles within a few short months of healing from full blown chickenpox.

Comment from: Health Online Group, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I am a patient of chicken pox and I am in high school. I'm so worried because I really need to cure it as soon as possible because I have a party to attend. I am so happy that I found a natural remedies and treatments to cure chicken pox in just 3 days or less. I am just sharing my experience.

Comment from: vaithianathan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I am 46 years old and my family members experienced chicken pox during the last few days and now I am suffering with this. I had little bumps only but headache is severe and fever is also severe.

Comment from: kunhippa, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

unfortunately i am also experienced this miserable disease i am in late 40 age the sad thing is isolation and extreme pain in whole body and headache.

Comment from: Yellowsun, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

My adult chicken pox experience has been a bit out of the norm. One night, without any symptoms, bumps developed on my abdomen and upper thighs. Then my stomach. A few days later, I had another wave of bumps appear on my neck, face and one side on the back of my head (very painful and itchy). While this was occurring, I was getting tiny red spots on my arms and legs. After about two days of getting no new bumps, another wave came and I got more on my lower legs, ankles and back. Not that itchy overall. My concern is this has been going on for 26 days.

Comment from: Yashaswini, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I am 21 years old and am suffering from chicken pox. I'm very miserable and really itchy, especially on my neck and head. I hope I recover soon.

Comment from: ~anna~, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am 60 years old, had chicken pox as a child and shingles on one section of my chest/back 40 years ago. Three weeks ago my husband had a very mild case of shingles, and yesterday I felt a mild itch on my abdomen. When I looked, I was surprised to see that my entire trunk, front and back had broke out. I had a mild sore throat the day before, and didn't notice it yesterday. Now this morning it's irritated again. No fever that I've noticed. I woke up this morning to just a few more spots but I started on Acyclovir last night within an hour of finding the spots. Mild itching so far.

Comment from: KL, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I'm 36 and was just diagnosed with chickenpox. Symptoms almost exactly as described on websites -- 2 days of fever/flu-like symptoms followed by red spots on face/scalp, followed by blisters centered on torso and head and then appearing on back. My fever has been around 101-102 for the full time, though it seems to be easing off now and bigger problem is aches/itching and minor headache/eye strain.

Comment from: Hema, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

In my early 30s I had chickenpox. Although I was told I was infected by it when I was little, it repeated. Since it was the second time, I did not have high fever. But, I had severe headache, body pain, mild fever, sore throat, and lower back pain for two days after which blisters appeared on my face and chest. Then it started to appear in my upper front body, then the back, and later on spread to arms and feet, and pretty much everywhere including my mouth. The third night of the blisters were the worst due to severe itching. I tried to cool it off with wearing a wet towel, oat bath, running neem leaf strands on the body, aloe lotion, and ended up with tablets for it. It has scabbed now and the itch has started again although it’s not severe as earlier.

Comment from: chippa, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

when I had chickenpox, it was so severe that I nearly lost my sight, but I’m recovering.

Comment from: Egirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had already had chicken pox as a child but much later caught it again from my 14 month old grandaughter. First 2 days extreme tiredness and aches and shivers. Thought I had the flu. Then spots appeared face hands feet being most affected. Feet extremely sore on soles. Definitely not s bad as when I was a kid but still a week or so of illness.

Comment from: gregsqueen, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 09

My husband is 37 years old, and a week ago he started getting a few bumps which at first we thought were bug bites. It then spread a little bit so we said maybe it was poison ivy since he works outdoors. We finally made an appointment for the next morning. It was confirmed he has chicken pox. I’m glad to say that it isn’t as bad as the Internet makes it sound. It has been a week today since we first saw spots and there has been no fever, no oozing and some are already shrinking. Other than feeling a little icky, his experience hasn’t been awful. I’m hoping that our five children do not get the virus. Good luck to you all>

Comment from: Odd, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I'm 43 and had six chicken pox when I was 13. I only knew so, because my brother and sister had them at the time. Now I have a couple of dozen and my 10 year old has a mild case with only 5 or 6--she had been vaccinated. I'd been in denial, thinking it may be bug bites, but when I found one on the inside of my upper lip, I have accepted it. She ran a 101.4 temp before the bumps appeared, but my only symptoms were fatigue, irritability, dizziness and headache.

Comment from: Priscilla, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I am on my third day of being diagnosed by chicken pox. But I am pretty sure the symptoms, namely fever, weakness, dizziness, loss of appetite and other flu-like symptoms showed for 4-5 days before the blisters and the miserable shingles and blisters appeared. I am not worried of being sick, it is a breaking point I can pretty much handle, but it itches and it is very irritating! One of my hobbies is to model and I am very concerned to develop pox scars. It will totally decrease my confidence.

Comment from: mommy2, 35-44 Female Published: May 18

At 38 years old, my experience wasn't as bad as I heard it could be. I had a slight fever, sore throat and my ears were sore. The one thing I didn't like was the fact that the bumps were in my head that was IRRITATING!!! But the oatmeal/baking soda baths and calamine lotion helped out a lot!

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