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Information about Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common illness for kids and also seen in a few adults. Find here some useful information on Chickenpox like its causes, signs, remedies and more.

  1. Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV).
  2. Chickenpox or chicken pox, also known as varicella.
  3. An itchy rash of spots that look like blisters can appear all over the body and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms.chickenpox
  4. Kids can be protected from VZV by getting the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, usually between the ages of 12 to 15 months.
  5. The best-known signs of chickenpox are: red, itchy rash that initially may look like insect bites, small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
  6. Common sites for the rash include the face, scalp, chest and back.
  7. The rash may be preceded by or accompanied by: fever, loss of appetite, mild headache, dry cough, irritability.
  8. The disease is highly contagious and spreads quickly, especially in locations where people are in close contact eg- schools.
  9. Chickenpox typically requires no medical treatment however the doctor may prescribe an anti-itching medicine for some relief. But for the most part, the disease is allowed to run its course.
  10. One can relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort of chickenpox by: taking baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days, patting the body, eating foods that are cold, soft and easily chewable.

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