Chicken Pox is a highly infectious disease that most people have at some stage of their life. However, many children
have it before they are 10 years old. Although a disease, Chicken Pox is mild and doesn’t cause too much harm.
Chicken Pox is caused by the virus called Herpes, and is spread through both direct contact with someone else of by sneezing and coughing. This disease affects people all over the world, and is particularly prominent during the months of March to May.
When someone has Chicken Pox, their skin becomes itchy and quite red. Blisters appear shortly after, before crusting over and falling off. The disease lasts several weeks before it starts to clear up, and if the blisters are itched, then scars can appear.
The Chicken Pox rash can appear all over the body, from the face, to the arms, to the legs, and to the feet. Although complications are rare, they can occur. Typically complications include a bacterial infection, which results in the blisters becoming very inflamed, and results in Chicken Pox lasting longer than it normally would.
The disease is normally more serious the older the person is. For example, in adults, Chicken Pox can result in pneumonia or liver disease, presenting much more serious complications. Pneumonia often presents itself by the person coughing and wheezing, with rapid breath for four days or longer.
The best way Chicken Pox can be treated is by taking painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibruprofen, which will help to minimise the risk of pain or itching. Antihistamines can also be taken, which will help to take away some of the itching, too. When adults get Chicken Pox, the doctor can prescribe stronger drugs, as the itching is normally a lot worse than it is for child.
For those who don’t want to be taking too much medication, another symptom reliever for Chicken Pox is a luke-warm bath. This will help to soothe the skin and take away any strange feelings the blisters cause. Apart from this, there is very little that can be done, apart from riding it out.
Children should always be kept away from school and other children when they have this disease, as it is too easily spread. They are fine to return to school three days after the blisters have scabbed over, as they will no longer be contagious to others.