Chicken pox is a dangerous and annoying virus that affects young children. It can cause a child to develop small, red, and itchy boils or blisters all over the body, including the face and pubic region that. It can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Most children will get chickenpox at least once during their entire lifetime and are most likely to not get it again.
It is considered to be a childhood rite of passage and if one does not have it as a child, the risk of obtaining it as an adult increases. As an adult, the disease can be dangerous and even life threatening. Let’s take a closer and more in-depth look into the chickenpox disease.
What Are the General Symptoms of Chickenpox?
The chickenpox usually starts off with the child developing a very bad and highly contagious rash. People who haven’t had it before are advised to avoid a child who has it until the child has completely recovered. However, before the rash develops the child will have other symptoms such as loss of appetite, a high fever, and/or a headache.
After a few days, the rash will spread across the body. The child will go through three different phases of rashes before he/she can fully recover from the contagious virus. The child will first develop small pink or reddish bumps all over the body. The bumps will then start to fill with fluid that will leak out.
The bumps are usually very itchy and the child should avoid scratching the bumps as they can bleed and lead to lifelong scars on the body. The bumps will then develop scabs over them and will start to heal slowly.
The phases, however, will not necessarily follow the same order all the time and will differ from child to child. Throughout the course of infection, the child will develop new bumps as the old ones heal and fall off. The child will be contagious to anyone around him until all the bumps have developed scabs and have fallen off the body.
What Are the Causes of Chickenpox?
Chickenpox is caused by a virus by the name of varicella-zoster and most children contract the virus from another child or person who has already been infected. The virus is highly contagious and can be spread before the host develops blisters and bumps on the body.
The person who has it, may not even know for a while before the symptoms begin to show themselves. The person remains contagious until all the blisters on the body have scabbed over and disappeared. The varicella-zoster virus can spread from person to person in the following ways:
• Transfer of saliva
• Coming into contact with the blisters
People who have already been infected by the virus earlier, received the chickenpox vaccination, or has been passed on immunity from the mother are at a reduced risk of contracting the virus. Once diagnosed, the chickenpox virus may take about 2 weeks to clear on its own.
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