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Chickenpox

Chickenpox

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is very common at the moment , see attached image taken with consent of chickenpox.

Chickenpox is usually mild and common childhood illness.

Most children catch chickenpox at some point.

The stages of chickenpox are a rash of red, itchy spots. Then they turn into fluid-filled blisters called pustules. Then they crust over to form scabs. Finally the scabs fall off.

Chickenpox is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. The spread is quick  from someone who is infected. Chickenpox is known as varicella.

Advice for chickenpox

Chickenpox is infectious from 1 to 2 days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually  6 days after the start of the rash).

To prevent spread of the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all their spots have crusted over.

Treatment for Chickenpox

There is no specific treatment for chickenpox. There are pharmacy remedies that can alleviate symptoms. These include calpol paracetamol which relieve fever, and calamine lotion  to ease itching.