HELLO ALL, MY GRANDCHILDREN HAVE CHICKEN-POX AND IM WONDERING IF IM ABLE TO SEE THEM NOT SURE IF IVE HAD CHICKEN-POX BUT IVE HAD SHINGLES

THE SPOTS HAVE JUST COME OUT I WAS WITH THEM A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I AM DESPERATE TO SEE THEM. I AM TAKING METHOTRAXATE AND SULVASALAZINE SENCE IS TELLING ME TO KEEP AWAY BUT MY HEART IS TELLING ME TO GO THEY CANT UNDERSTAND WHY NAN CANT SEE THEM WHILE THEY ARE POORLY THEY ARE AGED 3 AND TWO ANY ADVICE PLEASE XXX

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  • Hi BGM. As you are on MTX you should stay away from the children until they are clear of the chickenpox. If you still have the leaflet which you would have been given by the Hospital when you first went on MTX, it does say quite clearly to avoid anyone with chickenpox. If you think you may have been infected, you will need to see GP urgently who should refer you straight to the hospital. I had to avoid my grandchildren when they had chickenpox (which I had as a child anyway). MTX is a highly toxic drug which for some reason interacts with the chickenpox virus. It does cause shingles and even if you have already had shingles, you can get it again. With a compromised immune system, it is not worth the risk. LavendarLady x

  • HI LL

    THANK YOU FOR ADVICE I WILL STAY AWAY FROM MY GRANDAUGHTERS IT IS THE SENCIBLE THING TO DO IT IS BEST TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY

    THANKS AGAIN XXXX

  • That's really good advice. My 2 both had it last year, and because I had been in contact with them I was given some anti virals. Fortunately I was fine. You just have to be very careful and uit is impiortant that you contact your GP asap.

  • I have always been told that as the infection of chicken pox is spread before the spots come out that if you think you have been in contact then you should see your Dr or consultant who will do a bllod test to see if you need to be put on anti-virals. Mel

  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANSWERS I HAVE SPOKEN TO HOSPITAL HELP LINE THE NURSE SAID TO JUST KEEP AN EYE OUT AND IF I FEEL UNWELL TO CONTACT THE HOSPITAL I HAVE TO SEE MY RHUMY NURSE ON TUES SO I WILL SPEEK TO HER THANKS AGAIN XXX

  • they are infectious before the spots come out!! and also until the last spot or "pox" scabs over

    Anti virals have to be given fairly promptly to work so time is important!

  • note if you have has shingles you will have had chicken pox at some point prob in childhood.. the shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus that lies dormant in the body hiding on a nerve ending somewere!! .something such as re exposure to chicken pox awakens it.. hence thats why shingles is painful as it involves nerve endings

    Alison

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