What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a common viral disease.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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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 …
Anyone can get chickenpox, though it is most common in children under 10 years of age.
Your doctor will usually diagnose chickenpox by the rash and other symptoms. If necessary, your doctor will send a sample for lab tests.
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 …
Chickenpox is very contagious and spreads through coughs and sneezes and also by contact with infected surfaces and open chickenpox blisters.
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.