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Talking to Your Doctor About Chickenpox
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for information to be repeated, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Should I be tested to see if I have immunity to chickenpox?
- After possible exposure to chickenpox, what is the incubation period?
- How long is someone contagious after they have contracted the disease?
- How do I know if my immune system is suppressed?
- Should I be vaccinated against chickenpox?
- At what age can my child be vaccinated against chickenpox?
- What over-the-counter medications can I give my child for itching, pain, and fever relief?
- Are there any medications I should not give my child?
If I’m at risk for severe disease, what medications can I take to help prevent complications?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- At what point should I seek medical care for possible complications of chickenpox?
- How can I best keep the blisters from scarring?
- I’m pregnant or planning on getting pregnant in the near future. Are there any special precautions I should take?
- What precautions should I take if I’m traveling abroad?
- How long do I need to keep my child isolated after he/she has contracted chickenpox?
- Are there any possible long-term complications from chickenpox?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015