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Managing Chicken Pox
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Pharm Sarah Jonathan Yusuf Health Tips
Managing Chicken Pox

It shows symptom of itchy rashes that become blisters with accompanied fever, headache and sore throat

Chicken pox is an infectious disease with symptoms which include itchy rashes that appear on the body and become blisters with accompanied fever, headache, sore throat, or in some cases stomach ache. These symptoms may last for a few days with high fever. It is a highly contagious disease caused by Varicell Zoster Virus (VZV) which common infects children under age of 12. Chickenpox rashes often begin to appear as multiple pimple-like spots which develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid in 2 – 4 days. The blister walls break, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs. The rash is very itchy, and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching. Chickenpox is easily spread through coughing or sneezing by infected persons or through direct contact with fluids from the rash.

Causes

The chickenpox virus can spread easily from one person to another. It most often spreads through the respiratory tract, such as mucous membranes of the mouth and nose. You also can get chickenpox through the air from an infected person\'s sneezing or coughing. Less often, chickenpox is spread when fluid from a chickenpox blister gets on your skin.

TreatmentCauses

Treatment mainly consists of easing the symptoms. As a protective measure, people are usually required to stay at home while they are infectious to avoid spreading the disease to others. Cutting the nails short or wearing gloves may prevent scratching and minimize the risk of secondary infections. The topical application of calamine lotion, a preparation containing zinc oxide is recommended and one of the most commonly used interventions. It is also very important to maintain good hygiene and daily cleaning of skin with warm water during treatment to prevent secondary bacterial infection.

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