Chicken Pox -
Chicken Pox is a very common childhood disease caused by
a virus. The disease begins with early symptoms of decreased
low grade fever, running nose and possible sore throat. The
usually presents itself after about two weeks from the time of the
exposure. The disease is first identified with the onset of a
rash on the face or head which spreads to the rest of the trunk
extremities over the next three to six days. The rash begins as a
red raised spots which go through several stages one of which is a
which crusts over within a weeks time.
In addition to the rash, one may experience severe itching,
irritability, decreased appetite and a low grade fever. These
resolve with the crusting of the pox.
Adults may experience body fatigue, a low grade temperature for
three days before the appearance of the rash. Adults may have
with breathing with added symptoms of a cough, shortness of breath
activity and even chest pain. This is because the virus can cause
irritation of the lung tissue uncommonly seen in children unless
immunity is compromised. Chicken pox can also cause severe
As with many childhood illnesses, chicken pox is a more severe
adults than in children. For this reason, early treatment (begun
or two of onset) will have a great benefit on the discomfort cause
illness and the scarring from some of the individual pox. The
name of the
medication used for this illness is ACYCLOVIR, which can be
prescribed by your physician.
symptomatic relief of the
itching, the following remedies may help:
Cool baths - may want to add aveeno oatmeal to soothe itching.
Benadryl spray for individual areas of itch.
Benadryl tablets for nighttime itching. This medicine does cause
One may consider cutting your nails if you are very itchy and
especially at night while asleep.
NOT TAKE ANY FORM OF ASPIRIN.
For malaise, tylenol or acetaminophen may be taken to lessen fever
Once you have had chicken pox you cannot get it again. If you for
reason do not develop a complete immunity to the disease at the
first had it, you may be subject to a very localized disease
Zoster, which is the chicken pox virus which has settled along
ending in a small area of your body. This is not a common disease
college students but does occur.
you have had the
disease and are reexposed to someone with chicken pox, you cannot
the virus to others who have not yet been infected.