Chicken Pox !

Infectious Disease

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Chicken pox is a common, viral infection in which a person develops an extremely itchy rash that has red spots/blisters (pox) all over the body. It is most common in children, but most people will get chickenpox at some point in their lives if they have not had the chickenpox vaccine. The chicken pox vaccine is the only way you can prevent it.

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It can spread easily. You can get it from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, or shares food or drinks. You can also get it if you touch the fluid from a chickenpox blister. A person who has chickenpox can spread the virus even before he or she has any symptoms. Chickenpox is most easily spread from 2 to 3 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have crusted over. A person with chickenpox is most contagious during the first 2 to 5 days of being sick. That's usually about 1 to 2 days before the rash and/or symptoms show up or occur. The first symptoms of chickenpox often are a fever, a headache, and a sore throat. A person with chicken pox may feel sick, tired, and not very hungry.

To diagnose chicken pox, your doctor would ask you about your symptoms and would examine you. That would usually give your doctor enough information to find out if you have chickenpox. But, it is not necessary to visit a doctor, as long as you are healthy.

Most healthy children and adults need only home treatment for chickenpox. Home treatment includes resting and taking medicines to reduce fever and itching. You also can soak in oatmeal baths to help with itching. The chicken pox should go away within a couple days-a week.

Chicken Pox has a mortality rate of greater than 70%.

This baby has been contagious for probably about a week.

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