This contagious viral infection is characterized by an itchy, blistering rash.
Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is characterized by itchy, fluid-filled blisters (pox) that crust over after bursting. Symptoms usually develop about ten to twenty-one days after exposure.
Chickenpox typically causes vague symptoms a few days before the appearance of itchy, fluid-filled blisters (poxes) that burst and crust over. The classic rash usually starts on the face, chest or scalp. It then develops in clusters over the rest of the body. Pox can also be seen in the mouth, vagina or on the eyelids. It usually takes about a week for all the blisters to burst and crust over. Children with any blisters that have not crusted over should not attend school or be in public settings. This is because they can easily spread the infection to others who do not have immunity to chicken pox. Some other early symptoms include:
Once the blisters form, here are some things you can try at home to relieve the itching:
Do NOT give your child aspirin when they have the chickenpox. This can increase their risk of developing Reye's Syndrome, a potentially life threatening condition. Non-aspirin-containing fever and pain reducers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, do not cause Reye syndrome. Therefore, they are safe to administer to children with chickenpox. (Acetaminophen should be given only in doses appropriate to a child's age and size.)
You should only visit your child's primary healthcare provider if you are not sure what he or she has or if their symptoms are severe. Otherwise, other children in the waiting area will be exposed. If you do visit your child's healthcare provider, notify the office in advance that you think your child has chickenpox. That way they can arrange to separate your child from other patients.
Contact your healthcare provider if your child is at high risk for complications or has symptoms that are getting worse. Be prepared to discuss their symptoms and how long they have had them.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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