Chicken Pox Virus

By: Ashley Dove

Symptoms

Chickenpox appear anytime from 10-21 days after being exposed to the virus and can last anywhere from 5-10 days. Symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, headaches, tiredness, and just feeling unwell. When chickenpox appear there are three phases. The first is raised red/pink bumps that break out. The small-fluid blisters form which break and cause leaking the next day. Last crust and scabs cover the areas which take a few more days to heal.

Causes

If you haven't had chickenpox and you are exposed to someone with it or you touch them then you can get chickenpox. If you haven't been vaccinated and you're exposed to it then you're susceptible.

Immune Cells

The immune cell involved in the immune response is the T cell. These cells are known as "natural killer" cells because they kill everything in your system that is not a self cell. As a baby cell a T-cell learns to identify self and non-self cells. When something isn't a self cell the T-cells will kill it off.

How Chickenpox Replicate

Chickenpox replicate lysogenically. This means it is asymptomatic. An example of this is when someone is exposed to the chickenpox virus as a child, but not having symptoms until the shingles virus shows up as an adult. Also when you do get chickenpox it takes a few days or even weeks to form.

Treatment

The only real treatment for chickenpox is to let the symptoms relieve themselves. However, once you have had chickenpox you can't get the same strain again. But you can experience the shingles virus later in life.

Prevention

To prevent chickenpox it is important to get the vaccination. Also, you shouldn't come into contact with anyone who is experiencing the virus.