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Chicken pox is an acute and highly contagious viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. This viral disease is characterized by dry itching (pruritus) and a skin rash with fluid-filled blisters that burst and form crusts. Chicken pox is also known as varicella and it is a classical childhood disease.


The most common cause of infection is through the respiratory droplets that are inhaled by another person. It is transmitted from person to person by droplet infection through the respiratory tract. People who have never had chickenpox can get infected just by being in a room with someone who has the disease. If one member in the family gets chickenpox, he usually will infect another family member unless precautions are taken.

Rarely the condition may be caused by exposure to herpes zoster.

The onset of the chicken pox rash may be preceded by a day of mild fever and weakness. The infectious period lasts from about three days before the rash appears until all the blisters have formed scabs.

Most children are infected with the virus by the age of 10. After infection, lifelong immunity against recurrent infection is usually present. People who have not had the disease are at risk of getting it; if they come in contact with an infected person. It affects all races and both sexes are equally prone to it.

Chicken pox is usually a self-limiting disease and symptoms usually go away without treatment. However in some patients severe complications may occur. It may precipitate herpes zoster, hemorrhages, pneumonia, brain disorders, etc.

Vaccination against chicken pox is available in some countries.

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I am 39 years old. I am also diabetic. I took chicken pox vaccine on 27 December 2012, the day on which I got the information that my sister had been diagnosed with chicken pox and she came to our house in the evening on that day. I had been exposed since she was staying in our house from December 27. I was diagnosed with chicken pox on 13 January, 2013 with very mild intensity possibly due to the first dosage of the vaccine. However, I request health experts/doctors to suggest whether I NEED TO TAKE THE SECOND DOSAGE OF THE VACCINE which is supposed to be taken after 4 weeks of the first dosage.
SWAPNIL_BABIN Thursday, January 17, 2013
if a person at the age of 47 gets chicken pox will she have symtoms like being angry at other people
skarf Thursday, December 20, 2012
How many days a patien of 22 yrs.old to be isolated from others if blisters found from 06/12/2012 when he is taking Zovirax 800 mg tablet 5no./day since 08/12/2012.
aslbkhazra Friday, December 14, 2012
My daughter has caught chicken pox and I am in contact with her as well as with my 76 years old father who is receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy and his immunity is very critical. Is there any possibility of me transferring the disease to my father, knowing that he did not get chicken pox ever.
ZAZAH Thursday, May 10, 2012
how many days need chickenpox cure? and if i use antibiotic tablet..any chance to come 2nd time?
tomjohn Tuesday, February 28, 2012
My son is 5 years old and has red spots on the palm of his hands and his whole body itches and I don't know if it is chicken pox or not can someone please let me know. I am 27 weeks pregnant and i don't know what to do
Sabrena2012 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
To day my 13 year old son[wt-52 kgs] got chickenpox. Doctor gave medicines like acivir cream,aciclovir tablets[zovirax],cyra-d i.e,pexoclav625,and paracetemol for fever.but my doctor friend suggested not to apply acivircream and aciclovir tablets as they supress the infection and possibility of i doing any mistake? pls suggest.
rahuldhedeeksha Monday, January 30, 2012
can you get chicken pox twice
dansue Friday, August 5, 2011
i have a 2year old grandaughter who is in care and she has had chicken pox three times is this normal
jhierons Friday, August 6, 2010
No it isn't actually. "The average person gets once affection and once treated meaning it only happens once".
Cheesey23 Saturday, July 30, 2011
how long can the virus survive out side the human body.
barnett Saturday, July 17, 2010

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