By: Reagan Lee

Varicella Zoster

Chickenpox is a Virus

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Chickenpox attacks the integumentary and nervous system.
There is only 1 type of chickenpox.
It is transmitted through air water droplets and surface contact. If someone coughs or sneezes it sends droplets into the air and the droplets hit the surface to infect a person. You can get Chickenpox from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, or shares food or drinks with you.


The people who are most at risk are kids but people who haven't have Chickenpox before, haven't had the Chickenpox vaccine (varicella vaccine) , work or attend a school , or live with children also are at risk for Chickenpox. It is extremely rare to get chickenpox twice so if you have it once you will most likely never have it again.
Teachers , day care workers, and stay at home moms are most at risk for Chickenpox. They are most at risk because they are constantly with children.


The symptoms are rash, fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, and headaches. The rash is the main symptom and will often turn into scabs.
Chickenpox damages your body by having scars and skin infections. When you have Chickenpox if you scratch your sours you could have a skin infection or scar. Also if you get Chickenpox, you have a chance to get shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by Chickenpox.


Chickenpox can be found in a lot of places but mostly in schools and day cares. They are mostly found there because there are a lot of kids there. Chickenpox is highly contagious so if you come in contact with someone with Chickenpox you will most likely get it.


To defend yourself from contracting Chickenpox, you need to stay away from infected people. If someone comes in contact with you , you should take a cool bath.
Prevention of the Chickenpox Virus would be to get the varicella vaccine. The varicella vaccine is the immunization for the Chickenpox Virus. It protects 70%-90% of people ages 12 months to 12 years old. If you are 13 or older you are recommended to get 2 doses of the vaccine.
There isn't a treatment for Chickenpox but you can take the antiviral drug , Acyclovir, to attack the virus. It will shorten the duration of the rash and prevent the formation of new sores. You can take an anti-itch drug to make the itching stop. It is recommended to keep your fingernails clean and short. Also if you get a fever you should take acetaminophen to reduce the fever. You cannot use aspirin.