I have never had the chicken pox. I read this last night. Eeeeeeek
The dictator have him some pills and cream.
The cream is called (well written on the tube anyway) Taro-Mupirocin and is medication is Novo-Lexin or Cephalexin not really sure. Just going by what's on the bottle and both are there.
I'm an adult critical care nurse (I hardly remember much about babies and birth control, thanks for the advice @calgarybride2015 ).
Anyway, those meds are antibiotics (abx), which won't do much if it is in fact shingles, except prevent a potential infection. but that is itself is an issue because if it isn't a bacterial infection, then he is just on an abx... and the threshold lowers and abx become less effective for that person overt time (if used often). (but, again, that's a different issue).
@kcole123 You should consider getting the chickenpox vaccine if you haven't had it yet...
*note: this is not intended to scare you, but just to inform/educate you (if needed)
for one, chickenpox is MUCH worse for adults - healing time, how the adult immune system reacts, etc
two, if your FI has shingles now (or even if it doesn't at this time, but has an outbreak later) the varicella zoster (chickenpox)
can be spread via the "fluid" from the open blisters to a person who doesn't have immunity. thus, the non-immune person will develop chickenpox (not shingles [aka herpes zoster - *different strand than genital herpes*] - shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus)
and finally, if you plan on getting pregnant, you cannot be in contact with someone active with the virus (fluid-filled blisters) because of the risk of catching chickenpox (again, this is is you don't have some kind of immunity). chickenpox while pregnant can lead to infection or birth defects.
so, what can you do to protect yourself if you don't want the vaccine?
1. GOOD HAND HYGIENE
2. do not come in contact with the fluid from the blisters
3. get a titer drawn (blood test that checks antibodies) to see if you have any kind of immunity
I think antivirals are a gift! let me explain -
although they do not "cure" the virus, the greatly alleviate symptoms and slow the virus down. in fact, my dr wrote me a script for one just in case because I am very prone to cold sores (fever blisters - whatever you want to call them) when I'm stressed (esp when I travel)... the last thing I want is a big, painful blister on my lip during my wedding!
let me know if you have any questions. i hope this helps!
Edited by pddcmc, 03 April 2015 - 02:48 PM.