Wanted : Chickenpox

By: Landry Jorski

What are Chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a viral infection in which a person develops extremely itchy blisters all over the body. It used to be one of the classic childhood diseases. However, it has become much less common since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine.

How does Chickenpox attack, spread, and affect the population?

Chickenpox can be spread very easily to others. You may get chickenpox from touching the fluids from a chickenpox blister, or if someone with the disease coughs or sneezes near you. Therefor the virus can spread very fast. A person with chickenpox becomes contagious 1 to 2 days before their blisters appear. They remain contagious until all the blisters have crusted over.

This is a picture of how long it takes for one spot to fully crust over and clear up.

Most common victims for Chickenpox.

Most cases of chickenpox occur in children younger than 10. The disease is usually mild, although serious complications sometimes occur. Adults and older children usually get sicker than younger children. Therefor adults don't get chickenpox they get more serious virus's.

Where are Chickenpox found?

Chickenpox can be found all over the world. Chickenpox are found on the chest or face. Chickenpox spread very fast they can spread all over your body in a matter of days. Chickenpox may start out seeming like a cold. You might have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a cough. But 1 to 2 days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots on the chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the entire body, sometimes the rash is even in a person's ears and mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe

More common injury dont to victum with Chickenpox?

Chickenpox symptoms are more common in children whose immune system does not work well because of an illness or medicines such as chemotherapy and steroids.Chickenpox can effect your skin surface, nerve damage,nerve fiber, or a weakened immune system. The most common reason for the virus to reactivate is getting older. Reactivation of the virus causes a condition called shingles, A painful blistering skin rash that typically occurs on the face, chest or back, in the same area where one or two of the body's sensory nerves travel.

Armed or Dangerous?

Chickenpox can be itchy and uncomfortable for a few days. Serious problems are rare.Chickenpox is not dangerous!

Treatment for Chickenpox

Getting the Chickenpox vaccine at a doctors office is what will cure the virus. The vaccine is a shot that the doctor will give you that helps the pox stop itching and help them disappear. Treatment involves keeping the person as comfortable as possible. Some things to try are to avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy areas. Keep fingernails short to avoid damaging the skin from scratching. Try over the counter hydro cortisone cream on itchy areas.

FACTS :

  1. Children whose mothers have had chickenpox or have received the chickenpox vaccine are not very likely to catch it before they are 1 year old. If they do catch chickenpox, they often have mild cases. This is because antibodies from their mothers blood help protect them. Children under 1 year old whose mothers have not had chickenpox or the vaccine can get severe chickenpox.
  2. Most children with chickenpox have the following symptoms before the rash appears:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
3. The chickenpox rash occurs about 10 to 21 days after coming into contact with someone who had the disease. The average child develops 250 to 500 small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters over red spots on the skin.
4. Medications that fight the chickenpox virus are available but not given to everyone. To work well, the medicine usually must be started within the first 24 hours of the rash.
5. A child with chickenpox should not return to school or play with other children until all chickenpox sores have crusted over or dried out. Adults should follow this same rule when considering when to return to work or be around others