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Overview of Chicken Pox

Submitted by on October 13, 2011 – 1:13 amNo Comment

Chicken Pox is a disease that occurs amid both adults and children, but the incidence is less common in adults. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) that belongs to the Herpes family. It can spread from contaminated food and water.

Adult chicken pox occurs on coming in direct contact with a person infected with chicken pox or shingles or herpes zoster infection. It may also be transmitted through the infected person’s coughing and sneezing. In kids the disease may get transmitted through contact with a person infected with chicken pox or shingles or from lack of hygiene.

The incubation period of chicken pox in both adults and children is the same namely 14-16 days and ranging between 10-21 days.

Adult chickenpox is characterized by symptoms like 1-2 days of fever and fatigue. These are the early symptoms of chicken pox which are followed by rashes or itchy blisters on the trunk, face and scalp. They spread all over the body and eventually crust over.

Adult chicken pox often leads to complications like skin/soft tissue infections, pneumonia, bone infections, joint infections and toxic shock syndrome, brain infections, cerebellar ataxia and bleeding problems.

Chickenpox in kids also causes itchy red rashes that occur first on their abdomen, face and back, thereafter spreads all over the body. Initially they look like red pimples. Later they turn into blisters. These blisters carry fluid in them. They break and become sores that crust to become brown scabs. The rashes may be preceded by fever, sore throat, abdominal pain, and headache. Symptoms in infants are milder than in older kids and adults.

Since chicken pox is a virus, antibiotics are generally not prescribed. Only if the sores are infected by bacteria (usually amid kids who scratch the blisters), the doctor prescribes antibiotics. Acyclovir is an antiviral medicine that is effective if administered within 24 hours after the rashes appear. However it is rarely prescribed due to its side effects. It is used for people of 13 years age or above only. Itchiness is treated with cool compresses and oat meal baths.

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