Chicken Pox: Overview

Chicken pox, also called varicella, is an infectious viral disease with a characteristic rash. Although vaccination programs exist, it still remains common in children. Symptoms include an initial fever phase with mild fever, appetite loss, headache, tiredness, and other symptoms, followed shortly by a second rash phase with raised red spots and blisters on the skin. Chickenpox is usually harmless, requires mainly symptomatic treatments, and rarely has complications. However, it is easily spread to other children and epidemics can occur. Chickenpox infection can also stay in the body and cause a nerve condition called shingles (herpes zoster) many years later in life.

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