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Chicken Pox - Tips To Help You Take Care!

Dr. Nash Kamdin 95% (4564 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai  •  28 years experience
Chicken Pox - Tips To Help You Take Care!

Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection which is generally characterised by intensely painful and itchy red sores all over the body.

Common causes behind it

Chicken pox is caused mainly due to contact with the infected person and Varicella-zoster, the virus responsible for the infection which spreads very quickly. It gets transmitted mainly through coughs, saliva, and direct contact with the sores. Little children, pregnant women, new-born baby and the mother, people with low immunity system and adults who were not vaccinated for chicken pox in their childhood have considerable chances of getting the infection.

Also, they might result in other serious complications which might include pneumonia, skin infections, dehydration, and encephalitis. Chicken pox rarely occurs twice to the same person once in their lifetime. Chicken Pox is generally considered a mild disease which, after diagnosis, generally improves within one or two weeks.

Symptoms

The symptoms of chicken pox appear within 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms include sores throughout the body which includes the eye and mucous membrane, high fever, severe headache, fatigue and loss of appetite before the appearance of the sores.

Treatment: If you are suffering from chicken pox, you should adopt the considerably easy-to-follow methods that will provide you comfort during chicken-pox.

  1. You should drink a lot of water to avoid complications from dehydration.
  2. Prescribed dosage of paracetamol might reduce the symptoms of high fever and headaches. Also anti-viral dosage of medication like acyclovir might be prescribed for people suffering from weak immune system, pregnant women and infants.
  3. You can apply calamine lotion on the rashes and use antihistamines which might reduce the itchy sensation. Also, hot-water baths can be very helpful to ease the pain and the itchiness caused by the sores.
  4. You should not go back to your work place, college or school and take a whole lot of rest up until the last rash has healed, as that might risk the spreading of the infection.
  5. If you get the chicken pox vaccine within 3-5 days of the infection, the symptoms will be mild. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.
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