Posted on Monday, March 09, 2015
Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes itchy red blisters all over the body, along with fever. Once a person contracts chickenpox, it is unlikely that it might occur again.
Chickenpox is caused by a virus named varicella zoster virus. Contagious in nature, the infection can pass on until all blisters have crusted over and spreads through saliva, coughing, contact with blisters and sneezing.
If you notice any unexplained rash that is accompanied by the above symptoms or fever on yourself or anyone in your family, seek medical help immediately.
Pregnant women should mandatorily seek medical help as chickenpox infection can harm the foetus.
Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to those who experience complications from the virus, or who are at risk for adverse effects. These patients are usually young children or elderly, or have underlying medical issues. Hospitalization may be needed in severe cases.
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