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Of recent, chickenpox has been on the rampage on both children and adults. One continues to wonder why this is happening even in rainy season. The weather is cool and not meant to be on the rampage in the rainy season.

Chickenpox (varicella) is a viral illness characterized by a very itchy red rash, and is one of the most common infectious diseases. It is usually mild in children but it is said that there is a risk of serious complications, such as bacterial pneumonia if contracted.

Chickenpox is highly contagious and it is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus. It is spread by droplets from a sneeze or cough, or by contact with the clothing, bed linens or oozing blisters of an infected person.

The onset of symptoms is 10 to 21 days after exposure. The disease is most contagious a day or two before the rash appears and until the rash is completely dry and scabbed over.

What are the symptoms of chickenpox? Before chickenpox appears as a very itchy rash that spreads from the torso to the neck, face and limbs, the affected person may have serious headache and pains all over the body. When it appears, it last seven to 10 days and the rash progresses from red bumps to fluid-filled blisters.

Vesicles may also appear in the mouth, on the scalp, around the eyes or on the genitals, and can be very painful. This cycle repeats itself in new areas of the body until finally, after about two weeks; all of the sores have healed.

The disease is contagious until all the spots have dried up. Unfortunately, the virus is also contagious for at least one day before the rash breaks out. Seek medical advice about chickenpox if: You think your child has chickenpox. A doctor can confirm your diagnosis. If your child is recovering from chickenpox and begins running a fever, vomiting, having convulsions or is drowsy, get medical help immediately. If you are pregnant, have never had chickenpox and are exposed to the disease. Your unborn child may be at risk.

Please seek medical advice without delay. Parents should keep their wards at home if they have chickenpox and teachers should be extra vigilant to send children with the infection home immediately after discovery. Disinfect your house and keep high level of hygiene.



Source: The Vanguard

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