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What are the symptoms of chickenpox?
Early symptoms of chickenpox include fever, fatigue, headache, lack of appetite and a mild stomach ache. A day or two later, the distinctive chickenpox rash appears. This is a very itchy rash that shows up as fluid-filled blisters with reddish skin …
Who gets chickenpox?
Anyone can get chickenpox, though it is most common in children under 10 years of age.
How is chickenpox diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually diagnose chickenpox by the rash and other symptoms. If necessary, your doctor will send a sample for lab tests.
What can be done at home to treat chickenpox?
Medication can help with the fever that often accompanies chickenpox. Calamine lotion and wet compresses applied to the rash may help soothe the irritation. Antihistamine medication can help relieve itching. Good hygiene - keeping the area …
How is chickenpox spread?
Chickenpox is very contagious and spreads through coughs and sneezes and also by contact with infected surfaces and open chickenpox blisters.
Can chickenpox be prevented?
A varicella vaccine is available and forms a part of regular childhood vaccinations. It is also available to adults at risk who are not immune to the disease.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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