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Dr. Lisa M. Dunkle, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist (Pediatric)

Dr. Lisa Dunkle is a pediatric infectious disease specialist practicing in Madison, CT. Dr. Dunkle specializes in recurring or persistent diseases caused by bacteria, parasites or fungus in infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric infectious disease specialists also provide consultation to other health care professionals dealing with complex cases.
46 years Experience
Dr. Lisa M. Dunkle, MD
  • Madison, CT
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Is it normal to get sick two times per month?

If each illness was carefully diagnosed, it may just be bad luck, especially if he's been healthy till now -- make sure each is properly and adequately treated, then watch and READ MORE
If each illness was carefully diagnosed, it may just be bad luck, especially if he's been healthy till now -- make sure each is properly and adequately treated, then watch and wait. If there are recurrences or other worrisome signs, work up for underlying disease.

What does the chicken pox really look like, and how contagious is it?

Chicken pox is pink spots with central blisters, typically beginning on the face and head and spreading over the body. It's very contagious, but if everyone in the house has been READ MORE
Chicken pox is pink spots with central blisters, typically beginning on the face and head and spreading over the body. It's very contagious, but if everyone in the house has been vaccinated it should be contained. The rash you describe doesn't sound like chickenpox, but it could be modified by prior vaccination.

If my son has chicken pox, how can I prevent it from spreading to other children? my

Ask your doctor whether treatment with acyclovir is warranted to stop your son's viral shedding.