Chickenpox (Varicella) (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
You are at risk for chickenpox if you have not had chickenpox or the vaccine and you:
Some people also are at increased risk of complications from chickenpox, such as newborns, teenagers, adults—especially pregnant women—and those who have impaired immune systems.
After you have had chickenpox or the vaccine, you become immune to the virus. It is possible that you may have a slight reaction after reexposure, such as a few spots and a slight fever. But you are not likely to get chickenpox more than once.
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor right away if you or your child with chickenpox has:
Call your doctor if you or your child with chickenpox has any of the following:
If you are older than age 12 and have not had chickenpox or don't know if you have had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, call your doctor if you have been in contact with someone who has chickenpox. This is especially important for pregnant women and for people with impaired immune systems, no matter what age they are.
If you or your child has chickenpox, call your doctor to make an appointment and to discuss whether you should take any precautions when you arrive to avoid spreading the infection. For example, office staff may take you directly to an exam room upon your arrival rather than have you wait in the lobby.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat chickenpox:
If severe complications develop, you may be referred to a specialist. For example, you may see a pulmonologist for lung problems. But most healthy children and adults do not develop serious complications from chickenpox.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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