Chickenpox symptoms can only be treated to relieve the discomfort it causes. Chickenpox cannot be treated antibiotics.
Chickenpox symptoms can present with a rash, mild fever, fatigue and more
Chickenpox is spread from person to person through the air, or by coming into contact with the fluid from a chickenpox blister
Is chickenpox contagious?
Chickenpox (Varicella) is a common type of childhood disease that is very easy to get. Adults can also get it, but it is more common in children.
It is usually mild, but can be fatal in young children and causes skin rashes, fever, breathing problems, blisters filled with fluid on the skin and even death.
Chickenpox causes a red itchy rash which can be seen on the face, chest, belly, under the arms, ear or all over the body also puts you at risk of developing shingles much later in life. Shingles cause a severe nerve pain.
Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and it can be gotten by coming in contact with someone who has chickenpox especially the fluid-filled blisters and rashes.
Chickenpox can also be gotten when you come in contact with a person who has shingles which are also an infectious disease caused by the same virus and you have never had chickenpox.
CHICKEN POX SYMPTOMS
Chickenpox symptoms can be presented by the following:
- Fever which can be mild
- Loss of appetite
IS CHICKENPOX CONTAGIOUS?
Chickenpox is very contagious. It can be spread when you come in contact with a person with chickenpox or when you come in contact with the fluids by touching the fluid-filled blisters, or inhaling some of the fluid when the person coughs or sneezes.
Children who have chickenpox can be contagious or infectious from about one or two before any signs of rashes appear.
The chickenpox vaccine (Varicella vaccine or varivax) can protect nearly anyone who has had the vaccine from getting chickenpox.
The varicella vaccine is made from a live attenuated chickenpox virus. Meaning that the virus has been weakened and have become less virulent and not capable of causing a disease.
The vaccine gives your body a small dose of the virus which stimulates the body’s immune system, thereby sensitizing and making ready to fight any chickenpox virus. But the vaccine is incapable of treating any individual who already has an active chickenpox virus.
The varicella virus vaccine can be used in adults and children (at least12 months old).
The side effects of this vaccine can be:
- Feelings of tightness in your chest
- Breathing problems
- Bruising easily
- High fever
- Inflammation at the site where the shot was given
- Skin rash which can be mild
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
It is also important that you do not give aspirin to children under 18 years after receiving the vaccine because it can lead to a serious condition called Reye’s Syndrome.
CHICKEN POX SYMPTOMS: TREATMENT
Chickenpox cannot be treated, and any treatment given is aimed at relieving the symptoms. Antibiotics cannot be used to treat chickenpox since it is a viral disease.
Chickenpox can clear up on its own without any treatment. The drugs that can be taken to relieve the symptoms include;
- Analgesic; example include; acetaminophen which can also help in reducing fever. NSAIDs drugs like ibuprofen should not be taken when the child has asthma or aspirin taken after taking the vaccine.
- Take plenty fluid. This is to prevent dehydration
- Resist the urge to scratch. This is to help prevent scarring. You can help your child by keeping their nails short and clean, or covering their hands with socks to prevent scratching
- Using calamine lotion: calamine lotion helps to give a soothing relief to the itch. It is applied to the skin topically.
- Proper clothing: clothes that are loosely fitted, smooth, cotton fabrics are the types of clothing to wear when you have chicken pox since there are less aggravating on the skin.
- Antiviral drugs: antiviral drugs like Aciclovir can be taken by people with chickenpox. Aciclovir can be taken by pregnant women, adults, newborn babies and people whose immune system has been compromised. Side effects of this drug include; nausea vomiting and
- Immunoglobulin treatment: this is when antibodies are taken from people that are healthy (Healthy donors). The varicella-zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) contains antibodies for the chickenpox virus. This treatment is given to people who are prone to getting a severe chickenpox infection like; pregnant women. newborn babies, people with a compromised immune system.