Chickenpox is a viral infection in which a person develops extremely itchy blisters all over the body including private parts. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is mostly common in children but some adult will have it at some points in life if they have not had the chickenpox vaccine. Not until I was personally infected by this problematic illness, I did not know that it was very painful.
I was told and was confirmed by many reliable sources that after you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness. If the virus becomes active again, it can cause a painful viral infection called shingles.
Chickenpox can spread easily like how petrol will catch when they come into contact. You can get it from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, or shares food or drinks. You can also get it if you touch the fluid from a chickenpox blister on the body of an infected person. A person who has chickenpox can spread the virus even before he or she has any symptoms. Chickenpox is most easily spread from 2 to 3 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have crusted over.
Everyone is at a higher risk for chickenpox if he or she had never had the illness and had not had the chickenpox vaccine too. If someone you live with gets chickenpox, your risk is even higher than normal because of the close contact you have with the person.
Considering the symptoms, the first you are likely to witness of chickenpox often are a fever, a headache, and a sore throat. You may feel sick, tired, and not very hungry. The chickenpox rash usually appears about 1 or 2 days after the first symptoms start. Some children get the chickenpox rash without having a fever or other early symptoms.
It usually takes 14 to 16 days to get the symptoms of chickenpox after you have been around someone with the virus. This is called the incubation period. After a chickenpox red spot appears, it usually takes about 1 or 2 days for the spot to go through all its stages. These stages include blistering, bursting, drying, and crusting over. New red spots will appear every day for up to 5 to 7 days.
You or your child infected by the virus can go back to work, school, or day care when all blisters have crusted over. This is usually about 10 days after the first symptoms start. Other illnesses can have symptoms like those of chickenpox. For this reason, you may think you have had chickenpox twice when instead you have had two different infections.
The best recommended solution or treatment after been infected is to visit the health center for immediate diagnosis or the pharmacy for a first aid. I have had mine already what about you? Would you wait for it to come or prevent from coming?