What is it?

Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is a highly contagious infection to people who haven't had the disease before or been vaccinated against it.

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Signs & symptoms

The known itchy blister rash appears within a week to 3 weeks after exposure. A few days before the rash appears, we may see the following signs:
- Fever
- Loss of appetite
- Headache
- Tiredness
Once the chickenpox rash appears, it goes through three phases:
Phase I - Raised pink or red bumps
Phase II - Small fluid-filled blisters
Phase III - Crusts and scabs


Your healthcare provider will often diagnose chickenpox based solely on your rash. In any doubt, blood tests may be necessary.


In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox typically needs no medical treatment. Sometimes antihistamines Cana be prescribed to help you relieve itching.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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