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Chicken Pox
"Look Ma 500 pimples !"

Chickenpox, a highly infectious viral disease, occurs mostly in children although adults who are not immune can contract it. It spreads by direct contact with the ruptured skin lesions and infected respiratory droplets, or through Herpes zoster. Almost 75% of the population would have had Chickenpox before they turn fifteen.

Symptoms ::
Headache, fever accompanied by red, itchy blisters, which develop onto sores (about 400-500 all over the body) that will break open and crust over in a period of 6-7 days.

Chickenpox usually results in lifelong immunity. However, the virus may remain hidden, and recur years later as herpes zoster, among older adults. A potentially serious complication is Reyes' syndrome, involving the brain and liver. New born children whose mothers aren't immune and patients with leukemia may suffer severe, prolonged or even fatal Chickenpox.

Treatment ::
No specific medical treatment is normally needed. Immuno-compromised patients may require antiviral drugs. Scratching can lead to infection and may cause scarring. Wear loose cotton clothes to reduce itching. A mild soap will prevent infection. For details, consult you doctor.


 
 
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