chicken pox advice please

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   Posted 1/15/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
 I look after a small child that has got chicken pox, does anyone know anything about crohn's and getting it or complications of being in close contact with someone who has chicken pox.??? I am on mercaptopurine (think its called 6 mp in america), i have already had chicken pox when i was a child but have read that when the immune system is suppressed a person can catch chicken pox for a second time and with adults and IBD patients their can be complications. I know you will say speak to doctor or specalist but its late evening now i cant get hold of anyone until the morning and i wanted to know tonight before i have to go to work early in the morning.  If anyone knows or has any advice please let me know.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots of health insurance companies have 24 hour nurse lines, as do local community centers and hospitals. Try to find a 24 hour phone line and ask there. Even if it is out of state, no one needs to know where you are calling from. Or call any 24 hour pharmacy. Check CVS online for a 24 hour one.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice but i am in the uk, i phoned the NHS Direct line at 6.30pm which was 3 1/2 hours ago they said they would get back to me in 1 1/2 hours and they didnt which means they will now phone in the morning which wont be much help because i dont no whether i should be going to work or not.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi PIglet:

You are facing a difficult choice. I'm sure you want to be reliable, but you are also worried about the potential for you to get sick. If you have had chicken pox, most likely your body has already developed antibodies that may protect you -- the biggest problem for immuno suppressed people when it comes to these viruses is getting the vaccines. Because their immune system has been suppressed it is less effective at building immunities through vaccination. Once you have the antibodies I don't think you lose them, even if you are immuno-suppressed. So the question is whether or not with your suppressed immune system the antibodies will do their job of protecting you from getting sick.

If you get sick, you will almost certainly have a tougher time fighting the virus. For that reason you might want to consider taking the day off until you can get a medical opinion. In this case it might be a case of better safe than sorry. If you do contract chicken pox, you are going to be out of commission a lot longer than a couple of days.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with bell, its better safe than sorry. When we're on suppressants its very difficult to fight off viruses. I have always been told to steer clear of those with chicken pox, staph infections and other such illnesses. I once spent 3 weeks n the hospital with staph, it was not fun.
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!

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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was looking up 6-mp earlier today and am pretty sure I saw something about chicken pox and 6-mp. I could be wrong but I had searched 6-mp on the internet and found the info there.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just in the ER with a strange rash. I am also on 6MP. The first question was have you had Chicken Pox? Next question, was it a bad case? So, I got from that - If it wasn't a bad case, you could get it again. So, have you had Chicken Pox and if so was is a bad case? But also, you are at a greater risk of shingles. Can you call the local hospital's Emergency Room and speak to a nurse? I think if it were me, and I couldn't get some medical advice tonight, I would take the morning off, until I could get some advice. If you are at risk of getting sick(er) by going in to work, you will not be doing anyone any favors and will actually be doing yourself more harm.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, and one more thing to consider.... I was exposed to chicken pox at age 23 by a young student of mine. I had had a mild case as a child. I didn't get chicken pox from the exposure, but rather SHINGLES! At 23!!! Ugh!

I tell you only so you can be aware that this is a possibility as well. Hopefully you will not have to be exposed!!!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Since you already had chicken pox its unlikely you will get it again. However, Like EMOM stated, you need to watch out for SHINGLES. Its considered the adult version of chicken pox, and can be contacted from someone that has active chicken pox.
I'm on Humira, which suppresses your immune system and got shingles around Thanksgiving, that was a pain the butt and lasted a few weeks.
Went to the psp Doc and was given pain meds and an anti-viral.
If you have any symptoms, I would not go to work and head to the docs office, like the above, better safe then sorry.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   

A more important question is have you seen the child anytime in the last ten days. Chicken pox is contagous well before the spots develop. If so you might want to get an opinion about starting antivirals.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Good advice from others.  Yes you can get the chicken pox again if your immune system is down how ever if you have had them, the sx the second time around would presumably not be as severe.  You said you have had the chicken pox already  :)
I strongly agree you should talk with a medical professional first to see if you should continue exposure to the child with chickenpox.

That does not make you unreliable as a day care provider but wise in taking care of yourself. Bless you.

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/16/2008 2:53:25 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to say thanks for all the advise you all gave me, i did go into work looking after the child today. I saw the doctor he doesnt think there is a risk/problem, but he has done a blood test for something which im not sure what, and will phone me if i shouldnt be in contact with chicken pox, I don't really know how quick the doctor can get blood test results tho, i should have asked.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
He might possibly be checking your titers for chicken pox. This tells him if you have immunity. Hopefully you do!!!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never had chicken pox. I'm a little worried that if I come in contact with them that I will have a very severe case. And what will happen when I have children and they get them, then what? Piglet, I hope you are safe.
Married 29 y/o : diagnosed at 27 y/o 
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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was exposed to chicken pox when I was 9 months pregnant and got shingles. It was not fun. From what I understand you are much more likely to get a herpes virus again if your immune system is compromised. Good luck. MB
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