Chicken Pox Infection, Chicken Pox symptoms,Complications and management of chicken Pox Infection, preventive measures for chicken pox

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Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is also known as varicella is a highly contagious infection caused by varicella zoster virus, The blister like rash appears.

Causative organism

* Varicella zoster

Incubation period:

10–21 days

Symptoms

Before the appearance of rash, the fever will be the sign

* Aching muscles

* Loss of Appetite

* Rash – covers whole body

* Blisters – on the top of the spots

* Mouth soreness

Complications

* Chicken pox – develop pneumonia

* Encephalitis – Inflammation of the brain

* Rey’s syndrome – liver and brain swelling

Management

* Pain or fever – [Acetaminophen]

* Itching – Calamine lotion

* Dehydration – Sugar – Freepopsicles

* Antiviral

* Acyclovir

Preventive measures

* Two doses of varicella vaccine

* At 12 to 15 months

* At 4 to 6 years

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