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Q: What the heck? I got the Chickenpox, 2nd time.

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Well hope your week has been better than mine, yep pretty simple I got the Chicken pox, my 2nd time in life, I asked the doctors here and in Hong Kong and they said there are many people who get the Chicken pox a 2nd time like me and they said it's easier for me to get the Asia version of ChickenPox.

So be forewarned boys and girls get a vaccine as it has happened to me it can happen to you.

Here is how it all went down:

Day 1 Full body muscle pain (thought I had a cold).

Day 2 Fever all night, broke the next morning.

Day 3 bumps started to show up on my face and looked like mosquito bites, but during the next 8 hours they turned into blisters and started to pop up every where on my body. Next the blisters opened up or popped with tiny gold thingys that came out.

4. Went to the hospital, blood tests and all, said it was ChickenPox and I wanted a second opinion so went to Hong Kong this morning and boom it is ChickenPox.

I can't freaking believe this. My God!

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That sucks mate.

 

I didn't know it was possible to get it twice but you learn something every day I guess.

I got the pox when I was about 18 so I know it isn't pleasant. Something that pissed me off at the time was that nobody told me you shouldn't scratch them and I got a few noticeable scars as a result.

 

Anyway, hope you shake it off fast and it doesn't suck too badly the 2nd time around.

ironman510:

There are different races in the world, so like different races there are different versions of ChickenPox in the world, checkout what I posted below. Thanks man, I feel the tingle and the slight desire to itch but not as bad as it was when I was 7 years old.

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This applies to us and I'm living proof of it and why I got it:

Reinfection may occur due to different genotypes of the varicella virus.

Until recently there was a certain geographical segregation of various varicella genotypes. However in the last fifty years people have become more mobile spreading varicella genotypes in areas that have not been exposed before.

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The possibility of asymptomatic super infection with a second virus and establishment of colatency was suggested by our finding that, of 23 adult immigrants to the United Kingdom whose primary infection occurred in Africa or Asia, 30% experienced reactivation of a Bgl-negative UK strain not normally found in those regions [1]. Although other explanations for these data are possible, the case presented here provides support for these previously circumstantial findings. At least 4 distinct genotypes of VZV have been described [1]. Differences in nomenclature remain; however, the robustness of single-nucleotide polymorphism typing in distinguishing these groups is accepted, especially in view of the low levels of nucleotide substitution found in VZV and its low mutability. Geographical segregation of genotypes is well described, and data from ourselves and others suggest that Bgl 1-positive viruses of genotype A are more prevalent in non-European populations [1]. An increase in Bgl 1-positive viruses has occurred in east London with increasing immigration from Asia and Africa [1]. This natural experiment of viral mixing has provided insights into the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of VZV, which might otherwise not have been possible in the highly homogeneous European viral population. Thus, reinfection and establishment of colatency may occur, but homogeneity of strains in most geographical regions, the lack of genotyping studies in such patients, and the rarity of recurrent zoster make it difficult to recognize this phenomenon

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whether it is due to vaccination, increased traveling and emigration to geographical regions carrying a different varicella genotypes, or simply not developing antibodies during the first infection

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I feel your pain. I caught the local version a couple of years ago. Not as much fun as the first time.

ironman510:

Cool, you made a new official term: "local version" of China ChickenPox. You you mean this round will be worse then the Childhood version of ChickenPox ? How long till things started to go back to non itching normal life? The doctor said I need a week away from work than I'm not contiguous, also taking some medicine to slow the crap down

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I felt like shit for a couple of weeks but the spots took about a month to go. I still have some scars. If it's anything like the dose i got you may need morr than a week to get back to normal productivity. On the good side, you can binge watch all those tv series you haven't had time for. Good luck mate.

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Hard to give a post like that a thumbs-up, but anyway,,, Get Well soon ~
I don't remember ever having that in my life. Is it something I'm still likely to get? Is there something people do to increase the chances of getting it? Is that, chickenpox, the reason for that vaccine I got in primary school? You know, the one that leaves that small round circular scar on your upper-arm.... The vaccine it seems all US kids got back in the day.

Stiggs:

Wouldn't that have been a smallpox vaccine?

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oh, ok,,, smallpox.   I can still barely remember that day,,  haha, vaccine gun on the arm,,,,, pop!

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Wow, you should get the local vaccine just to be safe.. I'm shocked to learn that there 5 versions in the family of ChickenPox that it actually fools our antibodies

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Currently, there are five branches of the virus, spread throughout the globe. Each of these branches is comprised of a multitude of strains. So even though your body may be immune to one strain of the virus, it is possible you may get chicken pox more than once because you could become infected with a similar, but slightly different cousin strand. It is still the same virus, but different enough that your chicken pox antibodies cannot fully fight it. It is rare, but be aware that you can get chickenpox twice or more.

iWolf:

And not to mention their drunk uncle, shingles. A recurring nightmare for some.

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Yeah shingles can be a bitch, it really messed up my uncle and left him with a lazy eye.

 

Is it the chicken pox virus though? I always thought it was the mumps virus that caused it.

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Get well, man! Stay in bed covered by blankets and drink hot tea, so you'll sweat. When your pajama is wet, change it and go back to bed, drink hot tea and sweat again.

With sweating, you will lower your body temperature if it's higher than normal and you'll fell better.

As I remember, that is kids disease, so you won't be ill long time. 

Don't drink booze! surprise

I also had Ambulance by my bed this AM. Low blood glucose! Bugger!

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Come on now Icnif... what you said there sounded reasonable until you said no booze...

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Did you know, booze make you cool-er than normal and in winter time, drunk people outside can freeze to death if they felt asleep?

Wine is different matter completely. It raises your body temp.

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Mate, if I'm ever housebound for a couple of weeks I'll be trying to make the best of a bad situation... beer would help with that  immensely....

 

Oh and hope you're ok man, got to watch those glucose levels dude. I recommend beer for that. wink

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Beer would be good this AM, cause my low glucose and beer is full of sugar (CH).

 

It happened rarely to me (once a year on average), but when it happened outside, low glucose/hypoglycemic person looks and behaves like drunk except no alcohol smelly breath.

Hypoglycemic person is in need of help (sugar) and other people run away 'cause "he's drunk ..." PIA!

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A school I worked at had the pox go through it, lot of students and some staff got it.

 

I remember walking around thinking I was immune because I'd already had it... if i knew then what I know now I wouldn't have been so cocky.

ironman510:

Lucky strong man.. 5 chicken pox cousins running loose looking to invade our immune system unknown and you went untouched, hahah actually you deserve a reward, can't believe I'm going through this again 30 years later

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A o...  did you go out and infect as many people as possible?

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dwnvote.

sick thought. sick joke (if it is).

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Well logical question, actually I'm not sure as I didn't know it was ChickenPox until day 3, so maybe I've been contagious for 5 days. Hope not, hopefully they were vaccined

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OMG, yes it's 2:15AM. I went to sleep, my mind was slightly awake, I could feel a huge and different type of fever, I felt as hot as a steaming Goku powering up. I woke up dehydrated so much in fact that I couldnt walk or get my focus 100% at all until i drank some water and ate 5 oranges than I was back to myself. If I didn't get the gas or air out of my chest I'd be vomiting, but a long burp probably saved my night.

But here's the strange news: the itchy feeling on my face is gone, now it's only "sore spots" Like someone slapped me. Which is good, Did my immune system & the viral medicine work so well together that it try to fry out the Chickenpox? All I know is I'm so hungry a good sign. Also lots of the swollen bumps retracted and others are scabbed up.

We'll see and hope the itchy feeling is gone, but I feel it's too good to be true this soon, but it's gone. We'll see.

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How were you not quarantined at the border? One country two customs points and all that.

ironman510:

If you can read got in China. 5 strains of the Chickenpox world wide and this would be the Asia Chicken Pox, so if you work with kids than get a vaccine because your last home country ChickenPox bout won't protect you.

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Can you read? Or are you a politician? You took a communicable disease across a political border without quarantine. HOW?

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Its not chicken pox. Its monkey pox.

Stiggs:

It's a 4 year old thread so it probably was chicken pox. It would be ironic if Ironman came back to update saying he now has the monkeypox.

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Stiggs:

And while readin through this thread again was nostalgic I'm now itching in about 9 different places and wondering if it's early stages of the pox.

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PulSartre:

You shouldn't fear. It is sexually transmitted and of a particular relation type.

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Stiggs:

I'm no expert but I think you'll find that just because it's spreading through a certain community doesn't mean only that community can catch it, it's just that when someone from that community gets it they tend to pass it on to others in their circle.

 

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Dammit... itching again, pretty sure ECC has given me the pox. 

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PulSartre:

Let us hope we won't get locked down for that, too or for being on ECC community. DO you imagine getting locked down your whole neighborhood out of being in chat here with someone with monkeypox? Hahahahahahahah, God forbid. Knock on the wood.

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Honey, my post was 4 years ago, are you ok? Are you really that bored to post this crap?

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