Chicken Pox & Candidiasis

Alyssa Carlton

Chicken Pox & Shingles

Chicken pox, aka Varicella, is a virus known as the Varicella-Zoster virus. This also causes shingles, they are two different manifestations of the same virus. Small children get chicken pox more often than adults, however once people who have had chicken pox in their childhood some develop shingles from the virus. People who have been vaccinated against the virus and people who have had chicken pox before are immune.

Symptoms & Treatments

Symptoms of chicken pox are high fever, body aches, rash and spots, loss of appetite. Acyclovir, an antiviral medication, is used for the treatment of chicken pox. 90% of children are vaccinated against this virus and become immune. Symptoms of oral candidiasis include white spots on the tongue and in the mouth, redness and discomfort on the skin, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and cracking of the lips. To treat this you take an anti fungal medicine to kill the yeast that can come in a mouthwash or a pill. The candiasis that affects the vagina includes symptoms of itching, soreness, redness, and clumpy discharge. This is treated the same way with anti fungal medicine to kill the fungus. You have to continue using the medicine for six months for the infection to clear up.