Hi peeps- hope you're feeling the weekend? It looks like a sunny day here in the SE of England 😎
I have posted before about chicken pox (or pops as it's usually referred to in my workplace) but that was before Cimzia was added to my arsenal of meds. I was told by my nurse to be very aware of the virus as with a mix of mtx, sulfasalazine and Cimzia I would be much more susceptible to getting shingles; apparently the virus lays dormant in those of us who have had chicken pox - which I have. This is what I found on the NRAS website:
Shingles can occur in individuals who have had previous chicken pox, as the virus that causes it can remain in nerve cells in a dormant state. Shingles is reported to occur more frequently in patients on anti-TNF although less so in patients on Enbrel than with Remicade or Humira. It is not yet known how frequently it occurs in Cimzia treated patients but it is assumed that there may be a small increased risk. In the event of an itchy, painful, blistering rash of shingles-type occurring over one area of the body you should report this to your GP as soon as possible, as there are medications that can help settle it down if taken early. Your rheumatologist or GP will be able to advise on whether Cimzia needs to be stopped temporarily as in the case of other infectious complications.'
My dilemma is: I teach in every class in a primary school and so I am with the children when they're most contagious! The children are of an age when their hands are often in their mouths therefore spreading the virus on most surfaces etc. I know that I should be immune but having Cimzia increases my risk. The school are very good about letting me know about each new, confirmed case but by then I have already spent time with them or will do that week with their sibling! Any suggestions would be much appreciated. 😷