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Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. Chickenpox is caused by a virus. It spreads quickly and easily from someone who is infected.

Presentation

The most recognised chickenpox symptom is a spotty, blistering red rash that can cover the entire body.

Chickenpox spots 

Chickenpox spots normally appear in clusters, and they tend to be usually: Behind the ears, on the face, over the scalp, on the chest and belly, on the arms and legs, however, the spots can be anywhere on the body including.

Other symptoms apart from the rash are: Feeling sick, a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over, aching, painful muscles, headache, generally feeling unwell, and loss of appetite.

These flu-like symptoms, especially the fever, tend to be more common and worse in adults than in children.

How to stop the spread of Chickenpox

People are infective usually around five or six days after the rash begins.

If you have chickenpox, stay off work and at home until you are no longer infectious.

If either you or your child has chickenpox, it is also a good idea for you, or them, to avoid contact with: pregnant women, new born babies, anyone who has a weak immune system, such as people who are having chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer) or taking steroid tablets.

If someone in your household has chickenpox, you can help stop the virus spreading by wiping any objects or surfaces with a sterilising solution and making sure that any infected clothing or bedding is washed regularly.

Treatment

It is a self-limiting condition which could get better without much intervention.

Management is usually symptomatic related, so we tend to deal with the itching, fever, or aches by giving medications like antihistamines and paracetamol. You could also use calamine lotion, cooling gels and antihistamines to help ease the itching.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

We could simply talk about it because we are good at that. Alternatively, we could discuss ways to manage the condition. We understand how hard it could be on adults hence, we would be happy to help and provide support if possible.