Patient Comments: Chickenpox - Adult Experience

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

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: 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.


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