Last Updated on Apr 17, 2013

  What is Chicken Pox?

  • Common childhood disease
  • Infection mild in children
  • Serious in infants/ adults
  • Chances of recurrence present
  • World-wide incidence



  • Caused by virus, Varicella-Zoster 
  • Spreads through air & contact 
  • Contagious till blisters disappear

  • Rashes all over body
  • Fever 
  • Blisters 
  • Uncontrollable itching
  • Pneumonia 
  • Brain damage in severe cases

  • Take luke-warm baths
  • Avoid aspirin
  • Trim fingernails to avoid skin damage
  • Drink cold fluids
  • Acyclovir effectively treats chicken pox 
  • Fever treated with Acetaminophen/ibuprofen 
  • Consult a GP /child specialist if: 

    a. Rashes involve eyes
    b. Fever is 103 F or more
    c. Infection persists
  • Infected person should remain home-bound
  • Vaccination 
  • First dose given between 12-18 months
  • Vaccination should not be given to:

    a. Those allergic to gelatin,     neomycin
    b. Pregnant women
    c. The immuno-compromised 

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alveena74, India

Is it advisable not to give any medicine and let the chicken pox blisters and rashes should gone with out giving any medicine wait till it it recover normally?what type of food is advisable for chickenpox effected children aged 10-11 yrs

amit311292, India

I am amit mishra from new delhi.
i am 22 years old
i am suffering from chicken pox that after my body continually fallen down. which process follow by me for increase my weight and body ASAP.

rahuldhedeeksha, India

pls inform me immedeately.i heard usaage of acyclovir supress virus and cause futuresevere son is now suffering from chicken pox.thats why .....pls answer me.