Childhood Diseases

Chickenpox

Chickenpox occurs worldwide as a childhood disease, which generally lasts four to five days. Chicken pox symptoms include fever and a widespread rash of small blisters (vesicles), usually distributed on the chest, back, face and the arms and legs. Learn more about chicken pox treatment here.

Preventing chickenpox

Varicella vaccine, a safe and effective vaccine for chickenpox, is readily available in South Africa.

Diagnosing chickenpox

It is easy to identify the rash of blisters of chickenpox, so laboratory test are not necessary.

Risk factors for chickenpox

The highest risk for contracting chickenpox is associated with living in the same household as a person with the disease.

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Treating chickenpox

Chickenpox cannot be cured and usually clears up spontaneously without treatment. You can however take steps to ease the symptoms and make the patient more comfortable.

Symptoms of chickenpox

Chickenpox symptoms begin with a moderate fever, headache and listlessness a day or two before the rash appears. In adults these preliminary symptoms may be more severe, with flu-like muscle pains.

Causes of chickenpox

Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV).

The serious side of chicken pox

Many people don't know that there is immunisation available for chicken pox that can prevent the disease, or lessen the severity of the viral infection's symptoms.

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