Chickenpox (Varicella)
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Chickenpox (Varicella)
Chickenpox is a highly contagious virus that is easily spread through contact, coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms of Chickenpox
Chickenpox can last for several days and has several visible signs that are often accompanied with a general feeling of malaise. Symptoms can include:

Chickenpox remains infectious until all the blisters have crusted over and there are no new raised lumps forming. In severe cases chickenpox can spread to other areas of the body including internal areas such as the urethra and anus.

Cause of Chickenpox
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is easily spread by direct contact with someone who is infected

Preventing Chickenpox
A Chickenpox vaccination is available. Anyone who has already had chickenpox or who has been vaccinated are often immune from having it a second time.

Treatment for Chickenpox
In most cases chickenpox will require no additional medication. Antihistamines are sometimes given to relieve itching and antibiotics for any additional skin infections. The use of Aspirin should be avoided as it can lead to Reye's Syndrome which affects internal organs. If symptoms are more severe then consult your doctor immediately.

 


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