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Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection. It produces a widespread itchy rash and can cause serious complications when contracted by adults, newborns, or people with a suppressed immune system. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) and spreads from person to person via airborne droplets of moisture containing the VZV virus, and direct contact with fluid from a chickenpox rash

The condition usually becomes contagious 1-2 days before a rash erupts. However, it is most contagious just after the rash has broken out. It remains contagious until all of the blisters have crusted. Symptoms usually break out 10-21 days after contact and include: mild headaches, moderate fever, and general feeling of malaise. Within 1-2 days after the initial symptoms, a rash develops. The rash consists of small, flat, red spots. The spots become raised and form a round, itchy, fluid-filled blister. The blisters develop in clusters, with new clusters forming over 5-6 days. The rash usually develops on the skin above the waist, including the scalp. The rash may also appear on the eyelids, in the mouth, upper airway, voice box, or on the genitals. The rash typically crusts over by day six or seven and disappears within three weeks.

Risk factors include; close contact with an infected person (unless you've been vaccinated against or have already had chickenpox), children under the age of 10, and the time of year (late winter, early spring).

In most people, the condition is usually mild and will naturally run its course. In these cases, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms. Buy Low Drugs is an International Pharmacy that provide you with the medication you need to treat chickenpox.

To Reduce Itching:

  • Wet compresses on the skin
  • Non-prescription anti-itch creams or lotions
  • Oatmeal baths
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Note: Aspirin should not be given to children with chickenpox. Check with your doctor before giving aspirin to anyone under 16-18 years of age.

Antiviral Medication may shorten the course and reduce the severity of infection. They are often used in: adolescents and adults with more severe cases, and people with compromised immune systems. Varicella immune globulin is often given immediately after exposure to VZV to newborns and people with compromised immune systems.

If you have not had chickenpox and have never been vaccinated, avoid contact with anyone who has it. Several agencies and medical groups recommend that all children be routinely vaccinated with an active varicella vaccine at 12-18 months of age and that all susceptible children receive the vaccine before their 13th birthday. Older children and adults should receive two vaccines 4-8 weeks apart if they are not known to have had chickenpox in the past.

It is recommended that the following people not be vaccinated: those with a history of severe allergic reaction to vaccines, anyone who is immunosuppressed, or receiving immunosuppressive drugs or therapies, and pregnant women.

 


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