Health: The risk of chickenpox is increasing in the changing season, know the symptoms and ways to avoid this disease...


Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease. It is caused by infection with a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. Now, this deadly disease is no more, but it can prove to be dangerous for those who have not got vaccinated for it. This disease bothers children and the elderly more, but adults can also get infected if precautions are not taken. Let us know the causes, symptoms, treatment, and preventive measures of chicken pox.


Due to chickenpox
Chickenpox is spread by infection with a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, droplets containing the virus are released into the air and can infect others. Infection can also occur by coming in contact with the fluid coming out of the blisters of an infected person.

Symptoms of Chickenpox
Symptoms of chickenpox start appearing ten to twenty days after coming in contact with the virus. in the beginning

- Fever,

- Headache,

There can be problems like loss of appetite and fatigue.

After two days, rashes start appearing on the body. They start from the face and spread to the neck, back and hands and feet.

In severe conditions, there may also be rash inside the mouth and on the eyelids.

- These grains are red at first, later they get filled with liquid.

If the symptoms are severe, a doctor should be consulted.

Chickenpox: Treatment
Mild symptoms of chickenpox get cured in four to five days without any treatment, but if the symptoms are severe then the help of a doctor is necessary. Although there is no exact treatment for chickenpox, but some measures can be adopted to reduce the symptoms. Itching can be relieved with calamine lotion.


Chickenpox: Prevention
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent chicken pox. Generally, the first dose of chickenpox vaccine should be given to a child between 12 and 15 months of age and the second at the age of 4 to 6 years. If this vaccination has not been done till the age of 13 years, then both doses should be taken at a difference of 4 to 8 weeks. Vaccination can be done 28 days before becoming pregnant. Infection can also be avoided by getting vaccinated within 72 hours of coming in contact with an infected person.

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