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Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

One of the most common illnesses among children, chicken pox needs no description. Chicken Pox simply is a virus infection caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) which results in fluid-filled blisters on the body (mostly on the head and torso) of the person suffering from it. 

CHICKEN POX FACTS

  1. Chicken Pox is highly contagious and a person suffering form it is advised to stay in incubation till the blisters don’t dry off completely, devoid of any contact from those who have not had chicken pox before or has not been given the prevention shot.
  2. Chicken Pox is preventable. Varicella vaccines are given to infants between the ages of 12-15 months. Chances of a person catching the virus after immunization are quite rare. Those who get infected after immunization normally don’t have many symptoms and even the blisters are quite few.
  3. A person who has had the infection before is immunized from the infection for the rest of his/her life.
  4. Those who have received the vaccination or have contracted the infection before have chances of suffering from shingles later on life as shingles is caused by the reactivation of a dormant Varicella Zoster Virus.
  5. Most people who contract the virus causing chicken pox are below the age of 15.
  6. Symptoms of the illness generally occur 10 to 20 after a person has been exposed to the virus.
  7. Scratching of the blisters before they have dried away or infection in the blisters will leave behind scars after they have dried.
  8. Those suffering from chicken pox are contagious 1-2 days before the rash develops and remain so till the time blisters have not completely dried away.

A person can catch chicken pox by being in contact with somebody who has chicken pox or shingles. Since it is highly contagious, direct contact with the clear fluid oozing out pox blisters or even a sneeze and a cough can cause chicken pox. Therefore one should be very careful and should look out for its symptoms:

  1. Chicken pox usually results in a mild fever lasting upto 2-4 days.
  2. Many people also complain of abdominal pain, which again doesn’t last very long.
  3. Patients of chickenpox may also feel weak and experience head-aches.
  4. The biggest symptom of chicken pox remains the occurrence of rash which usually starts from the face.

There is no medicine for chicken pox as the disease is rather mild. However complications may arise if your child has a weak immune system or is suffering from some other serious illness. Generally, patients suffering from chicken pox are prescribed soothing agents such as calamine to help overcome the itchy feeling that is the part and parcel of the disease.