Chickenpox is a transmittable infection caused by the virus – Varicella Zoster. It is a common childhood illness but adults can get this ailment too. It is a highly communicable infection, that causes red itchy skin rash around back, stomach, face and later spread to the entire body. The red rash after several days turn into blisters filled with fluid and even starts to leak.
Chickenpox is spread through droplets in the air by sneezing and coughing or fluid from the blisters. A child may also get infected by their siblings or friends. The symptoms usually occur within 10 to 21 days after the exposure. Within 2 days, the child may develop a slight fever, lack of energy, and loss of hunger. Once the rash appears the child will continue to have a fever and uncontrollable itching along with the itch, the child will get cranky and ill-tempered. Many children recover in about 15 days. The chickenpox vaccine is a harmless, effective means to protect your child from chickenpox. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC also recommends the routine vaccine
Symptoms of Chicken Pox:
- Itchy blister
- Loss of appetite
Three stages of Chickenpox when it appears.
- Elevated red or pink bumps, which usually breaks out over several days
- Tiny blisters filled with fluid, generally form in about one day and then break and starts to leak
- Scabs and crusts, which protect the broken blisters, take more days to recover
The new bumps keep appearing for several days, therefore all the three phases of chickenpox will arise at the same time i.e. bumps, blisters and crusts. Just before the rash appears, the disease can be transmitted to other people within 48 hours. And it continues to remain communicable until all broken eruptions have been crusted over. Although, chickenpox is usually very mild in healthy children. But, in case it gets serious, the rash will appear on the whole body, and abrasions may form in the eyes, anus, throat, and vagina.
What you can do in case your child is suffering from chickenpox?
If your child is feeling feverish and has chickenpox. Make sure that the child doesn’t scratch the rash, otherwise the rash will get infested with germs and will leave scars. Keep the child clean and let them talk bathe with soap and water regularly. The fingernails should be trimmed. To decrease the itch use antihistamine or consult with the doctor about what to apply. Keep them away from the other children, who have not got the vaccine for chickenpox or never had the disease in the past. Chickenpox is a contagious disease, therefore the child should not be allowed to go to school or other public places until the rash and the crust gets settled.
When to See a Doctor?
If you suspect your child has chickenpox and have the above-mentioned symptoms, consult a doctor. The doctor will examine the rash, check the other symptoms, and will provide you with the necessary medications to reduce the severity of the disease. Book an appointment with a health care provider. Consult our team of experts pediatric at the Bansal Global Hospital immediately.
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