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Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a very contagious disease that most commonly affects children. If teens or adults catch this disease, it is usually much more serious.

Symptoms

Chicken pox usually makes you feel weak, gives you a headache and also causes a mild fever. An itchy rash then appears on the body in various places. You'll see red spots, usually on the back and chest, although the spots can also show on the face, neck, ears, arms, legs and feet. These red spots turn into blisters, eventually becoming pustules that form scabs. The spots come in waves, so while many heal, others are forming at the same time. After a few days to a week, the skin begins to clear and the patient feels better. From the time of exposure to healing can range from a week to three weeks, although it generally ranges from two weeks to seventeen days.

Causes

Chicken pox manifests as a result of contracting the Varicella virus.

Cautions

Trim finger nails so the blisters do not get scratched open and become infected. Chicken pox may lead to outbreaks of shingles in adults. If the virus is contracted by teens or adults, it can be very serious and may require hospitalization in severe cases. If you think you have contracted this disease, contact your physician immediately if you are a teen or adult. Consult your doctor if your child has symptoms of high fever, has a fit, has a stiff neck, has dark red blotches appearing on the skin.

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