Anyone who has not had chickenpox or gotten the chickenpox vaccine can get the disease. Chickenpox illness usually lasts about 4 to 7 days. The classic symptom of chickenpox is a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into scabs.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral illness, which in children is usually a fairly mild illness producing a temperature, cough and an itchy rash. Most children miss a week or so of school and quickly return to normal good health. Serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis are uncommon.
Although many people think of chickenpox as a childhood disease, adults are still susceptible. Also known as varicella, chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus VZV. It is most often recognized by a rash of itchy red blisters that appear on the face, neck, body, arms, and legs.
Many of us think of chicken pox also known as varicella as the childhood infection that everyone gets once in their lifetime. Adults who have never had chicken pox or received the chicken pox vaccine can still contract the disease. And when this happens, it can cause serious problems. When adults contract chicken pox, there is a greater risk of developing complications.
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What is chickenpox? Chickenpox is a very contagious illness that spreads easily through the air by infected people when they sneeze or cough. Because chickenpox is very contagious, people who never had chickenpox or the vaccine can get it just by being in a room with someone who has it.
These are most likely to appear on the face, ears and scalp, under the arms, on the chest and belly, and on the arms and legs. Read more about the symptoms of chickenpox. Read more about the causes of chickenpox.
Chickenpox is a common childhood disease. It causes an itchy, blistering rash and is easily spread to others. Until the varicella vaccine was licensed inchickenpox infection was very common. Almost everyone had been infected as a child.
Chickenpox causes spots a rash and can make you feel unwell. Symptoms tend to be worse in adults than in children. Treatments can ease the symptoms until the illness goes.
NCBI Bookshelf. Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection which mainly affects children. Typical symptoms include a very itchy skin rash with red blisters and a mild fever. Because most children are now vaccinated, chickenpox also referred to as varicella is much less common than it was in the past.