Chickenpox

Most children will catch Chickenpox at some point. It is a highly contagious disease and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It creates an outbreak of rash in the form of red, itchy spots that turn into puss-filled blisters. They then crust over and form into scabs, which eventually drop off.

Around 90% of people who have not previously had chickenpox will become infected when they come into contact with the virus. The virus may then be transferred by touching the surface or object and then touching your face

An itchy rash is the most common symptom of Chickenpox

Symptoms of Chickenpox

  • You develop red or pink bumps all over your body.
  • The bumps become blisters filled with fluid that leaks.
  • The bumps become crusty, scab over, and begin to heal.

The bumps on your body will not all be in the same phase of healing at the same time. New bumps will continuously appear throughout your infection before they harden, fall off and begin to heal.

The most prescribed way of treating Chickenpox is:

  • Taking lukewarm baths
  • Applying unscented lotion
  • Wearing lightweight, soft clothing

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