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Chickenpox

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common condition that most people develop during childhood. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, resulting in a characteristic red itchy rash. Chickenpox is contagious, spread by skin to skin contact. Public Health England recommends that if you develop chickenpox, you should inform your school and stay at home until you are no longer contagious; that is, after the last blister has crusted over. Chickenpox is not usually serious, lasting around 6 days after the rash begins. However, it can be serious in newborn babies, pregnant mothers, and those with weakened immune systems. Once you have the condition, you will probably be immune from developing it again in the future. However, the virus that causes chickenpox will lay inactive within your body and may become active again in the future, resulting in a different condition, known as shingles. If you think your child is experiencing symptoms of chickenpox, please see a paediatrician or GP.

What are the symptoms of Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is characterised by a red blistering rash that can cover the entire body. The most common location for these spots are the face, behind the ears, on the scalp, on the chest, and on the arms and legs. These spots are extremely itchy and crust over after around 2 days.

Before the rash appears, other mild symptoms may be experienced including a temperature, aching muscles, feeling generally unwell, and loss of appetite.

What are the causes of Chickenpox?

Chicken pox is caused by infection with the varicella-zoster virus. The virus is highly contagious and is spread by contact with someone infected with it. Transfer of the virus usually comes from broken blisters, or coughing and sneezing.

How is Chickenpox treated?

Chickenpox usually clears without any treatment. If your child is experiencing pain or fevers, mild painkillers such as paracetamol can be taken. If the person affected is a newborn, or pregnant, or if they have a weakened immune system, they may require other treatments such as antivirals or immunoglobulin treatment. Importantly, if you are experiencing chickenpox, you should not take aspirin as you can develop a severe condition known as Reye’s syndrome.

Disclaimer

This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Doctify Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In the event of an emergency, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

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