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chickenpox!! :-p question!

ok so im in belaire helping my sister in law pack her things and i get a email from my 8 year olds teacher and it says:Dear parents, i would like to inform you all that one of our students had a chicken pox outbreak at school this morning at 11:00am. He was then removed from the class room at 12:05pm right before lunch time. None of your children should be at risk for chickenpox since the boy was removed right away however if you have any questions or concerns about chickpox please give our school nurse a call at:(323)XXX-XXXX and she will answer any questions also please visit: for more info on chicken pox



ok so my question to all you moms that have dealt with chicken pox is:how long do they last,is there medicine for chicken pox

please dont be a smart ass and say click on the link because for some reason the link isn't working from my laptop

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Asked by LABELmeCUTE at 5:00 PM on Jan. 26, 2011 in Health

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  • No, there is no medicine for chicken pox; you just have to let it run its course. It is not that big a deal; DS had it and it lasted just under a week.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • smart ass? wow

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:03 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • As I recall it last a 5-9 days until they are totally scabbed up and all the spots must be scabbed over to return to school. They start in the warmer places on the body. under arms, on tummies and in pantry areas.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:03 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • @Anonymous why wow?

    Comment by LABELmeCUTE (original poster) at 5:03 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Chicken pox usually last a week. And while there is no medicine to cure them, there are somethings you can do to help make them more bearable.
    Oatmeal baths can help the itchiness. You can also use calamine lotion to help with the itch. You can also give tylenol to help with any pain.

    Answer by layh41407 at 5:04 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • here, our kids get the vax at 1 yo, so we have not had to deal with chickenpox. there is no meds that make it go away, but keep calamine lotion on hand to keep the itching to a minimum. and gloves or socks on the hands to keep from scratching. i would question the time frame of the student. he got an outbreak at 11? how do they know the time? school nurses cannot diagnose. why did they keep him until noon? and yes, during that time, he would be contagious. people can carry the virus and be contagious before showing symptoms! i hope you guys manage to avoid it, but it is not as bad as it is made out to be!

    Answer by itzmyzoo at 5:04 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • I have no idea. My kids have had the vaccine.

    Answer by ashisamom at 5:04 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Your child was already exposed. The contagion period is BEFORE the rash shows up via contact OR air AND then again from the weeping liquid of the blisters. (2 to 5 days before showing any signs of being sick.) There is no medicine to prevent it other than the vaccination. Soak in warm oatmeal baths, keep the fever down with advil or tylenol. It lasts one to two weeks.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 5:05 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • @itzmyzoo that's what i was wondering also he was in the class with other students for a whole hour so thats why im nervous about it

    Comment by LABELmeCUTE (original poster) at 5:06 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Chicken pox symptoms do not start until 2-3 weeks after exposure, so the child who brought them to school may have had them a while and exposed all the children in the class (it is spread through direct contact with fluid from broken chickenpox blisters or through the air by coughing or sneezing).

    The course of chickenpox will vary with each child, but a child generally will be sick with chickenpox for about 4-7 days. New blisters usually stop appearing by the 5th day, most are crusted by the 6th day, and most scabs are gone within 20 days after the rash begins.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 5:07 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

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