Chicken Pox
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Chicken pox is a viral infection that is caused by the Herpes varicella zoster virus. This virus spreads in droplets and attacks the individual when it enters the body through the respiratory tract.

Chicken pox is the most common childhood infection that affects many an individual. In very rare instances chicken pox becomes complicated and serious.

Causes of Chicken Pox

As the infection of chicken pox is highly contagious and it can easily spread through air when the infected person sneezes or coughs. In fact the infection can also spread through any physical contact in which the fluid of the blister comes in contact to the skin of the healthy person can result in the transmission of the chickenpox disease. However it is not always necessary that the infection of chicken pox spread through physical contact. Many individuals get the infection before even if they do not come in contact with any individual who has chicken pox.

Who Is Affected By Chicken Pox?

Chicken pox mostly attacks children who are under ten. Most of the children get this infection by this age. However chicken pox also affects adults and youngsters. The severity of chicken pox in adults and youngster is much more complex than in the children under ten.

Chicken pox mostly occurs in spring and in late winters. Kids who are immunosuppressed particularly on steroids are more prone to complication of this infection. This disease can also infect newborn babies if the mother suffers from this infection in her late pregnancy. Pregnant ladies also remain at great risk of getting affected by this infection.

Symptoms of Chicken Pox

The initial symptoms of chicken pox are headache and mild fevers. Young children may become bad tempered and grumpy on the attack of this infection. The incubation period i.e. from the exposure to the inception of symptoms is 12-24 days. The infection begins with conjunctival and catarrhal symptoms. The main symptom of this infection is the appearance of rash on the skin all over the body. This rash converts later into red spot, which develops into fluid filled blisters. These blisters are very itchy. Within few days these blister scab over and finally dry up.

The infection of chicken pox most likely affects the trunk of the body but it may also affect the other part of the body including mouth and scalp. In very rare instances the symptoms are so rare that they often go unnoticed. Although severity of this disease are not very common but in some cases it may lead to secondary bacterial infection, viral pneumonia, and encephalitis.

Treatment for Chicken Pox

For proper diagnosis of this infection one should always consult a doctor. A child suffering from headache, cough, and skin blisters should immediately be taken to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Children suffering from the infection of chicken pox can also experience immunity problem and in that case proper treatment by consulting a doctor is necessary. In order to deal with the pain the children are provided with pain relieving syrups.

As the blisters are itchy the children are given antihistamine and calamine lotion in order to reduce the itchy sensation. In the severe case of this infection the patient is often provided with antiviral medicines. Children who suffer from this infection should be treated with immunoglobulin injections in order to prevent the spread of the infection. Sometimes they are also given antiviral drugs to treat the infection.

Precaution for Chicken Pox

When a child is infected by the infection of chicken pox certain precautions should be taken in order to prevent the further spread of this infection. The fingernails should be kept short and the hands of the child should always be clear. Children should be discouraged from scratching the spot or the blisters. In the recent days many vaccines have been introduced in order to prevent the infection of chicken pox.

Advice

The spot caused during the infection remains infectious until they have completely scabbed over. So no children should be sent to school until they fully recover from their infection, as it would prevent the spread of the infection. This is a disease that often leads to weakness and so it should be ensured that the patient receives enough rest and drinks sufficient fluids.

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What all are the foods and drinks are taken at the time of chicken pox and after chicken pox?
#1 - Jibin D Samuel - 08/20/2010 - 07:41
During chicken pox avoid oily,fried and tea & coffee. Give only fresh juices,tender cocoanut water,butter milk,curd ,rice,idly,idiyappam.Dont give anything very hot.
#2 - R.Sekar - 09/15/2010 - 13:37
I went to see a friend who has caught chicken pox. Nobody knew that it was chicken pox until the reports came. I have helped her put the lotion on the rashes on her back. Will i catch the disease by that much contact? What precautions should i take? I am very worried. Please help!
#3 - Ritika - 11/25/2010 - 07:53
The information is really good. I am 31 and have a year old daughter . At least I can take precautions.
#4 - Ali Endrabi - 12/04/2010 - 09:46
My wife is suffering from chicken pox, we have 1 year old daughter, what are the precaution we should take to so that my daughter doesnt gets infected.
#5 - Indranil - 02/12/2011 - 12:10
The information is realy guud.Am permenent smoker nd i have chiken pox bt i wil see if i can avoid it thanks
#6 - Salman - 02/24/2011 - 06:06
will the spots remain permanently after it gets cured.is ther any precaution that can be taken to avoid spots on face
#7 - rajesh - 02/25/2011 - 09:27
I'm 21 years old men.Now i suffered chicken pox 1st time in my life.I'm worried my age & remove spot after this disease.Please suggest me.
#8 - Mamun - 03/15/2011 - 16:42
would it really spread after the first 5 days of onset?
#9 - joly - 04/11/2011 - 03:38
my mom is suffering from chicken pox for the first time.what precautions should be take.please suggest me
#10 - rounak - 06/21/2011 - 01:39
i caught chicken pox on 3rd august.. seeing initial symptoms i imidiately visited a doctor and he prescribed me following medecines...!!
1. ACIVIR DT 800Mg. (1 Tabt. 5 TIMES A DAY, FOR ATLEAST 7 DAYS)
2.HERPEX 5% CREAM (TO APPLY ON BLISTERS 5 TIMES A DAY) 3. ALLEGRA 180 Mg.(1 Tabt DAILY) 4. CROCIN 650 Mg Tabt (1 Tabt DAILY OR WHENEVER TEMP EXCEEDS 101 DEGREE)
#11 - prateek - 08/09/2011 - 04:49
this is really anice infomation provided to us.
#12 - Aaryan - 08/18/2011 - 11:08
I am finding out the disease which are certainly caused by fatal diseases like Chicken pox.Like it!
#13 - Himai - 09/18/2011 - 09:09
I am suffering from chickenpox since 7 days the doctor advised me following drugs
ACIVIR 400 Three times a day
CALAMINE LOTION
LEVOCET One tab at night
CROCIN 650 mg SOS
all med for 7 days
i m feeling good after third day of medication
#14 - Rajinder - 11/03/2011 - 11:01
i am 6years old and suffering with this disease i go to the doctor and getting medicine..
#15 - aadira - 11/17/2011 - 11:25
iam 27 year old man , thank you for the above information it is very nice and useful for health
#16 - anzar s - 01/29/2012 - 23:12
i am mumnna bhai . 100 years old and the above information is really good .
#17 - munna bhai M.B.B.S - 02/20/2012 - 04:13
Thanks for nice explaination.
#18 - Navneetnigam - 02/24/2012 - 09:53
can chickenpox is a liferisk disese
#19 - Tarun mishra - 02/25/2012 - 21:07
I am 23 year old suffrering chichenpox can i bath or not ?
#20 - Dinesh - 02/29/2012 - 01:21
What if you had it all around body, face, back, arms, etc.. what is the best remedy, should I take antibacteria / antivirus medicines to lessen the blissters
#21 - josef - 03/24/2012 - 10:52
can i bath during chicken pox?
#22 - ganga bai - 03/29/2012 - 04:36
friends! This is really a good information related to chicken pox.
Plz. Adhere to the precautions for your betterment..
#23 - sohail khan - 04/06/2012 - 08:34
Can patient take bath during chicken pox?
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Urgent Response will be higly Appreciated.
#24 - Modood - 04/11/2012 - 06:59
you cannot take the bath during the chicken fox.

Thanks
#25 - subbarao - 04/23/2012 - 01:58
After taking the first bath getting rid of such a vigorous disease, are the surrounding ppl adviced to maintain a distance with him??
#26 - Arun Shankar - 05/05/2012 - 01:44
My son is suffering from pox. Is it advice able to drink alcohol at the house during this time
#27 - HARISH - 05/08/2012 - 07:57
even am suffering...it really pains i cant take food.....maaaaa....though am sixteen
#28 - vishal - 05/22/2012 - 03:14
Better eat fruits & vegetalbles more.till the chickenpox recover.Tender coconut,orange,grapes,milk.& rice soup.Drink more water.If the chickenpox spread in to mouth.Dont eat spicy food.
#29 - Ash - 05/27/2012 - 01:38
i am suffering from chicken pox so give me some advice
#30 - vikas - 06/10/2012 - 23:55
can we eat ice cream during chicken pox. i am suffering from chicken pox for 2 days.
#31 - vishwa - 09/08/2012 - 23:20
thank you so much i got an A+ on my chicken pox report. :)
#32 - tinkalynn - 10/10/2012 - 09:47
Hi my daughter is 3 years old and she is down with chicken pox for the last 7 days. She has become really bad tempered, gets very angry.. She was such a sweet little girl before. Has someone experienced this before? She is in her 7th day, but no improvement at all.. Please help.
#33 - Ruchs - 10/24/2012 - 06:11
Its really good advise from us. That is technology.
#34 - navdeep - 11/05/2012 - 02:56
My sister is 16years old had a chicken pox from yesrday
what she can eat in the food and what are the pricaution for it
#35 - akshat - 12/10/2012 - 07:40
Good information and advice
#36 - prateekdangi - 12/17/2012 - 10:32
I'm 21yrs old nd i hve suffer frm chicken pox at first tym in lyf..so plzzz suggst m better precautn nd advice...nd rmve red spots ..
#37 - prateek gupta - 01/10/2013 - 05:19
Chicken pox really very painfull.... specially on initial stage.
#38 - abhishek - 01/29/2013 - 01:22
MY SON SUFFERING FROM CHICKEN POX ,CAN HE TAKE BATH DAILY?WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN?
#39 - PADMAVATHI - 02/08/2013 - 11:06
good info
#40 - raj - 02/23/2013 - 03:48
i am 35 & hv 2 kids. i just recovered from chicken pox recently. this was something unexpected that happened. some precautions ich i feel one should take are:
1) isolate urself from others if possible.
2) take bath with neem water....don't use soaps & shampoo.
3) avoid oily & more salty food.
4) try to wear loose clothes.
5) can apply the calamine lotion as prescribed by the doctor
6) try to keep ur stuff away from others like towel, comb etc
7) put neem leaves all over the room & under ur bedsheet. it will give u relief in itchy rashes
8) last but not the least put hand sanitizer in ur room.
#41 - tanu - 03/12/2013 - 10:31
i am 35 & hv 2 kids. i just recovered from chicken pox recently. this was something unexpected that happened. some precautions i feel one should take are:
1) isolate urself from others if possible.
2) take bath with neem water....don't use soaps & shampoo.
3) avoid oily & more salty food.
4) try to wear loose clothes.
5) can apply the calamine lotion as prescribed by the doctor
6) try to keep ur stuff away from others like towel, comb etc
7) put neem leaves all over the room & under ur bedsheet. it will give u relief in itchy rashes
8) last but not the least put hand sanitizer in ur room.
#42 - tanu - 03/12/2013 - 10:33
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