Patient Comments: Chickenpox - Adult Experience

Question:Please describe your experience with being infected with chickenpox as an adult.

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.

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.

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