Everything About Chicken Pox!

Chicken Pox, also called varicella, is characterized by itchy red blisters that appear all over the body. A virus causes this condition. It often affects children, and was so common it was considered a childhood rite of passage. It’s very rare to have the chickenpox infection more than once. And since the chickenpox vaccine was introduced in the mid-1990s, cases have declined.

———————————————————-Detailed view on Chicken Pox : 

Pathogen : Chicken pox virus (varicella) 

Mode of transmission : By contact or through scabs 

Incubation period : 12-20 days 

Symptoms: (i) Fever, headache and loss of appetite 

                         (ii) Dark red-coloured rash on the back and chest which spreads on the                                     whole body. Later, rashes change into vessicles.

(iii) After few days these vessicles start drying up and scabs                                                            (crusts) are formed. 

                        (iv) These scabs start falling (infective stage)

Prevention And Cure : There is no vaccine against chicken pox as yet. But precautions must be taken as follows: 

(i) The patient should be kept in isolation. 

(ii) Clothings, utencils, etc. used by the patient should be sterilised.

 (iii) Fallen scabs should be collected and burnt. 

One attack of chicken pox gives life long immunity to the person recovered from this disease.


Some questions which are asked generally


Q1.How long are you contagious with chickenpox?
A person with chickenpox is considered contagious beginning 1 to 2 days before rash onset until all the chickenpox lesions have crusted (scabbed). Vaccinated people who get chickenpox may develop lesions that do not crust. These people are considered contagious until no new lesions have appeared for 24 hours.
Q2.How do you confirm chicken pox?
Doctors generally diagnose chickenpox based on the rash. If there’s any doubt about the diagnosis, chickenpox can be confirmed with lab tests, including blood tests or a culture of lesion samples.
Q3.Can u get Chicken pox twice?
You may not get chickenpox twice, but VZV could make you sick twice. Once you‘ve had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in your nerve tissue. Although it’s unlikely you will get chickenpox again, the virus may reactivate later in life and cause a related condition called shingles.

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