Patient Comments: Chickenpox - Adult Experience

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

Comment from: miserable, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I am in my late 30s and have just developed chicken pox. I have had very high fevers and lots of aches mostly in the back of my head and neck. My eyes have constantly ached. As for spots, they have managed to develop on every part of my body as pus blisters.

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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