If you haven\'t had chicken pox as a child then adults certainly can contract it. The greater risk in adults is though is that the virus responsible for chicken pox can also cause shingles. This is a much more serious illness.
Measles is also possible to contract as an adult.
Did you have the MMR vaccine? If so, then it is unlikely that you have contracted either measles or chicken pox.
Symptoms of measles generally appear within 14 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:
People with chickenpox have the following symptoms before the rash appears:
- Stomach ache
The chickenpox rash occurs about 10 to 21 days after coming into contact with someone who had the disease. The average patient develops 250 to 500 small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters over red spots on the skin.