Chickenpox (Varicella)

By: Hope Kelley


This virus's symptoms are:

  • Red Itchy Rash
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Blisters
  • Sore Throat
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes


The ways that the virus is transferred:

  • Contact With an Infected
  • Contact With Airborne Respiratory Droplets
  • Contact With Skin
  • Contact With Saliva
  • Contact With Contaminated surfaces
  • Mother to Child


The ways to treat are:

  • The Medicine that is Given is Acyclovir (Zovirax)
  • To Help With the Itching Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • To Help With pain Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • To Help with the Itchy Rash Oatmeal baths and Moisturizer


The ways to prevent are:

  • The varicella vaccine
  • The having Chickenpox before
  • The antibody for the virus is immunoglobulin
  • The strand that immune cells have is called the oka strain
  • The strand develops after the given the vaccine or while having the virus


The virus infects the body by getting into the lymph nodes. The virus spreads to the liver, spleen and the sensory nerves. From there the virus spreads to the skin cells. The virus's reproduction cycle is called the lytic cycle.