Thursday, October 13, 2011

Symptoms and Prevention Of Chickenpox

Chickenpox is very contagious disease caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus. It is an airborne disease which spread through coughing and direct contact with secretions from the rash. Chickenpox is infectious before the rashes appear. The contagious period continues for 4 – 5 days after the appearance of the rash. It takes 10 – 20 days after contact with the person who is infected.

Symptoms of Chickenpox:
  • Red rashes
  • Very itchy rashes
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Malaise

Treatment is starts with prevention; it is available for relieving the symptoms. The patients should stay at home so that it will not spread. They should cut there nails short to prevent scratching and to minimize the risk of infections. Stay at a cold surrounding to reduce the itching. Maintain the good hygiene and daily cleaning of skin with warm water. Use anti-itching creams and lotions. Oatmeal bath might help to ease discomfort.

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