CHICKENPOX
Description


 
  Symptoms
Abdominal pain Appetite - loss     Cough
Ear - ache Face - swelling Fever
Head - ache Muscles - aching Nausea
Nose - runny Skin - itching Skin - rash
Skin - with blisters Throat - sore  
  Description

Chickenpox or chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is a highly contagious illness among kids under age 12.

The most common symptom is the itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body and be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Some children get the chickenpox rash without having a fever or other early symptoms.

Chickenpox is an airborne disease and spread easily through coughing or sneezing or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. The disease is usually mild and lasts 5 to 10 days, but it sometimes causes serious problems.

The incubation period is around 14 to 16 days.

Usually, a person has only one episode of chickenpox, but the virus can lie dormant within the body and then appear later in the adult life causing a different type of skin eruption called shingles (or herpes zoster).

   Diagnosis

The diagnosis of  Chickenpox is made by a physical exam and looking the appearence of the rash. However, in cases that are harder to diagnose, blood tests help to confirm the amount of antibodies to the Chickenpox virus.

   More information:
Chickenpox Treatment
Chickenpox Healthcare Centers
 

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