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Aaaaargh I have chicken pox!!!!

(37 Posts)
BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 11:33:21

I'm 40 ......Anyone else out there had it as an adult?
Everyone says it's bad, don't know what to expect...

INeedtoDrinkLess Fri 15-Mar-13 11:44:57

You poor thing.

I had it at 18 and can honestly say I have never felt so ill. Billions of spots and they were everywhere - fanjo, bum crack, in between my toes, behind my eyeballs, under my eyelids, down my throat. It was hell. I had more spots on one foot than my 1 year old DS had on his entire body, and he had it quite badly.

My mum went to the GP for me in the end cos I couldn't sleep through the itching etc (chalomine lotion does nothing, tepid baths similarly hopeless), I was hallucinating, they prescribed something, think it was called phenergen, got the impression it was a strong anti-histamine. It gave me some welcome relief.

Good luck - oh yes, and because you have so many spots there is more danger of scarring - I 'allowed' myself to scratch the ones out of view - e.g on head. Sadly my waist has lots of scars as the scabs there were constantly rubbed by waistbands - although I think my bikini wearing days are over now, this was more annoying in my 20s!

Hope you feel better soon

Horsemadhere Fri 15-Mar-13 11:45:14

On no!
I caught if from my daughter years ago, I must of been in my early twenties.
I'll be honest with you I felt awful. I had the spots everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
Calamine lotion and anti histamine and ibuprofen worked for me.

I think it affects people differently though as when my son had it he was fine in himself, just covered in spots, but my daughter was very unwell and the dr gave her some medicine.

Here's hoping you fall into the former camp smile

Seeline Fri 15-Mar-13 11:47:13

I had it at 15 and still remember feeling very poorly with it and that was 30 years ago! I think I had it quite badly, but whether that was because I was older I don't know. The spots down the inside of my throat weren't pleasant, neither were the ones under my eyelids! I had a blinding headache for about a week, and was ill for about 2. I really hope you're on the mend soon, and don't have it too badly. Warm bicarb baths help, and antihistimine for the itching.

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 11:49:46

I'm not covered in spots yet, but I can feel them coming one by one hmm
The headache is nasty though, and I feel dizzy and faint... Is that supposed to happen?

Seeline Fri 15-Mar-13 11:53:12

As I saiid- I remember a very bad headache, and that can sometimes make you feel dizzy. Have you checked your temp - some paracetamol might help. Poor you - I don't think I have ever felt as poorly as I did then.

weegiemum Fri 15-Mar-13 11:57:55

One of my close friends had it at 21. He had to have 3 weeks off university and go home, and spent 2 nights in hospital when a whole area of his back (which was a mass of continuous spots) got a really horrid fungal infection.

He said he's never felt so ill. And he's had cholera!

Get in touch with your GP now if it's just starting - they might be able to give you anti-virals. Calamine cream is better than lotion (stays on better, more soothing) and never underestimate the benefit of a cool bath that has a shake of bicarbonate dissolved in it! Adding lavender oil to a bath is soothing, and tea tree oil is antibacterial so will help to stop spots getting infected (which makes scarring worse).

The fluey feeling and headache is par for the course as far as I know. If you have young dc, can you call in favours to get them looked after? You really need to be in bed (or the bath!).

Hope you get better soon and don't have too nasty a time xxx thanks

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 12:03:24

I called the GP and they won't see me angry
They said to go if I feel worse.....
I feel pretty pants already ffs!!!

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 12:04:07

Weegie that does NOT sound good at all hmm

RooneyMara Fri 15-Mar-13 12:06:16

No they don't understand - you need antivirals NOW to maximise their usefulness.

Tell them politely that you would like a telep[hone consultation and just need a prescription.

Hope you get off lightly anyhow x

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 12:17:41

Thanks Rooney. Someone else just told me the same.

I've called back and asked to speak to a doctor.... Let's hope they call me back as promised

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 12:20:26

I can think of worse things to do than have lavender and tea tree baths, so that's a bit of a silver lining I suppose ...

cardamomginger Fri 15-Mar-13 12:29:00

I had chicken pox as an adult and felt absolutely dreadful. You need anti-virals now. A home visit might not be a bad idea either, but a telephone consultation is a good start.
I got some Solarcaine spray to take the edge off the itching. It contains 0.5% lidocaine, a local anaesthetic. It was the only thing that helped.
You have my sympathies! Feel better.

devilinside Fri 15-Mar-13 12:53:43

I had it at 40, no anti-virals. It wasn't that bad, felt a bit fluey and the spots drove me mad, but it wasn't the dramatic illness that google everyone told me it would be

I still cooked Xmas dinner for 13 (just dosed myself up with painkillers)

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 13:33:19

I can't afford to have complications, I'm moving to another country in 2 weeks time!!!

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 13:35:51

devil that sounds a bit better... Just hoping you're not the only exception to the rule...

Cheddars Fri 15-Mar-13 13:38:43

Hopefully you'll be fine by 2 weeks time!

Get your medications sorted for the next week, and some tempting food/drinks so you don't have to worry about going out. When mine had it, they couldn't eat anything solid but they found yoghurts and ice-cream very soothing.

Tbh I'd be getting some alcohol as well, best way to anaesthetise yourself. grin

gingercat12 Fri 15-Mar-13 14:04:47

Brainsurgeon Good luck. DH had it 2 years ago (aged 38). It is worse for men, so you should be fine brew wine. Just try get some fine porridge (for the bath - yuck), lots of painkillers, calamine lotion and piriton tablets. He also had different shampoo for itchy scalp. It is a lot like flu, just more uncomfortable. Apparently stretch mark oils are good for the marks once they dried out. I do not know about that, his skin just took time, and slowly recovered. DH had it really really bad, but no marks are left even on his face.

Good luck with the move as well. If you are hoping to board a plane in 2 weeks' time you may need to explain it all to the airline. Check their terms and conditions. Our GP refused to see DH, and refused to give him the all-clear, and he had to fly out pretty soon as well. And he looked like somebody with chicken pox, bless. He was allowed to board the plane though both outbound and inbound. They probably thought that he would not be able to walk around if he still had it.

Will be thinking of you.

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 14:05:37

Just got a call from the Doc, I'm getting a prescription for anti-viral drugs... hurray.... I think...

BrainSurgeon Fri 15-Mar-13 14:09:46

Thanks gingercat smile

Your poor DH! Glad he has no marks...
Actually someone else did mention Bio Oil, I shall get some

Thank you everyone for the kind words smile

Maryz Fri 15-Mar-13 18:32:59

Oh, no, that's horrible.

dh got it as an adult and was really sick. He looked like one of those sad homeless addicts you see on documentaries, all unshaven with open sores. He didn't scar though.

Have you got bread soda? He used to lie in a bath of bread soda a couple of times a day and said it was great.

BrainSurgeon Sat 16-Mar-13 11:28:48

Feeling a tiny bit better today, less dizzy and weak. Will definitely go for some baths.
I have a feeling that soda baths would be more effective than lavender ones.... I wonder what happens if you combine the two

narmada Sat 16-Mar-13 20:45:12

DH caught it at 37, from little Dd. He felt crap, probably on a par with proper flu. Piriton is your friend, you could always try sominex for nighttimez- it contains promethazine, which is a v sedating antihistamine. Check with pharmacy that it is ok to take with aciclovir or any other antiviral you have been prescribed.

You poor thing.

elenotfun Sat 16-Mar-13 20:54:51

My kids have it and we were advised against calamine lotion. We got a gel called vira-soothe. It was expensive but my two say it helps. It's especially for chicken pox. It's very cold apparently!

I'm immune, I'll sit witth yoy and mop your brow brew

I've actually never had it. confused because I was tested for immunity when I was pg and the mw said that means I must have had it at some point.
I checked with my mum, definitely not.

nethunsreject Sat 16-Mar-13 20:58:18

I had it when pregnant and aged 35.I saw all the horror stories and was terrified. In the end it was 2 weeks being poorly then a week feeling weak then absolutely fine! Nowhere near as bad as I expected. Get well soon

Pagwatch Sat 16-Mar-13 21:01:18

Poor Brian sad

I had chicken pox in my mid 20s.
The night of the Berkley Square ball, I had a shower and noticed bumps. So being 20 I just got dressed and went to the ball.

I had no anti-virals, I was very itchy but just felt tired and I was fine, just bored, after a week. No scars, no long lasting problems.
Feel better Brian x

DS1 (6) has it at the moment and is having a rough old time of it.

A nurse friend recommended the Vira-Soothe too, and it seemed to make quite a difference - he was only complaining about the spots on his scalp earlier, rather than the 200+ over his body.

I read that the calamine works ok, but looses it's effectiveness once it's dried onto your skin, maybe that's why some say they find the cream better.

Hope you go ok with it.

EssieW Sat 16-Mar-13 21:18:56

I had it aged 34 and pregnant at the time. The first couple of days were the worst - aches/flu type thing and the spots all coming out. I found it a struggle to get downstairs or out of bed.

After that, it was OK. Some itchiness from the spots but that was mostly bearable. Damp flannel was good.

I was back at work 10 days later and feeling ok - bit tired but that could have been 3rd trimester pregnancy!

Agree withe previous posts that calamine was useless (and I think made scarring worse). Aloe Vera is opposed to be good.

Good luck!

dikkertjedap Sat 16-Mar-13 23:18:00

If you only just got it you may want to get antivirals. It can cause terrible terrible headaches, which can be serious, so if that happens seek medical help straight away.

dikkertjedap Sat 16-Mar-13 23:29:36

Glad you got the antivirals, they are only really effective if taken within 48 hours of onset, to keep virus from multiplying. Once the virus has already really multiplied the antivirals cannot do much any more.

Chickenpox can have nasty complications, especially when you get it when older. So I hope you have somebody with you who keeps an eye out and will seek help in a timely manner if necessary. You may get very high fever, so hopefully you are stocked up on paracetamol and ibuprofen.

I don't want to scare you but you may want to look on the NHS website to familiarize yourself with warning signs of complications. All treatable, as long as you seek help in time.

Hope you don't get it too bad, fingers crossed.

BrainSurgeon Sun 17-Mar-13 11:52:37

Thanks everyone smile
I think I have a reasonably mild form, spots seem to have stopped coming out and I'm not totally covered, thank goodness.
The worst thing is the headachy- dizziness.... And guess what, the main side effects of both anti-virals (as someone said) AND Piriton are headache and dizziness hmm

BrainSurgeon Sun 17-Mar-13 11:54:43

Thanks dikk... Our GP sent me a leaflet with my prescription, with all the possible complications and symptoms to watch out for. I was pleasantly surprised!

BrainSurgeon Sun 17-Mar-13 11:55:29

(By the leaflet that is)

Complications are bloody scary!

gingercat12 Tue 19-Mar-13 12:30:12

brain hope you are starting to feel better. Please, let us know.

BrainSurgeon Tue 19-Mar-13 20:39:12

Hi, yes I'm feeling much better thank you.
I think I got away with it quite easily, compared to the stories here!
Not a huge amount of spots, they are healing now (a few look absolutely disgusting)
The worst bit was having headaches and feeling dizzy - that took 5 days to clear...

gingercat12 Wed 20-Mar-13 12:49:01

I am so glad. Hope your move goes well.

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