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.
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
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.