Although chicken pox is usually mild in most people, in some persons, it can be dangerous. The disease is a highly contagious one which can affect both children and adults. The only group of people the disease is not likely to affect are those who have once had it; such persons have developed immunity to the disease.
What are the symptoms of chicken pox?
Typical symptoms of the disease are:
- Loss of appetite
- Rash that looks like blisters on several areas of the skin
- Severe itching all over the body
These symptoms usually do not appear until about 7 to 21 days after a person has been infected, however, the person can spread the infection to others a day or two before the skin rash appears
How is chicken pox managed?
The disease can usually be managed at home. Only in rare cases would hospitalization be required. If you have become infected, it is very important that you stop the infection from spreading by remaining indoors until the blisters are all dried up. Some of the ways symptoms can be relieved include:
- Taking lukewarm baths
- Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
- Using non-scented moisturizing creams to soothe the skin and ease itching
- Wearing light, soft clothing
- Not scratching the skin to prevent worsening of symptoms
Although chicken pox is usually mild and gets better on its own without treatment, it is important to see a doctor if:
- Symptoms do not improve after a few days
- You are pregnant
- Your baby has chicken pox and he/she is less than four weeks old
In about a week or two, most people are able to resume their normal activities. Also once infected, a person is unlikely to become affected with the disease in the future.