chickenpox


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chickenpox

a highly communicable viral disease most commonly affecting children, characterized by slight fever and the eruption of a rash

chickenpox

[′chik·ən‚päks]
(medicine)
A mild, highly infectious viral disease of humans caused by a herpesvirus and characterized by vesicular rash. Also known as varicella.
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About the chickenpox spread Dr Salma said that chickenpox is easily passed between members of families and school classmates through airborne particles, droplets in exhaled air and fluid from the blisters or sores.
All children get exposed to chickenpox - you even hear about some people holding chickenpox parties so their children pick up the virus when they are young.
Her other brother Adriel, also five, is currently receiving treatment for chickenpox at SMC.
The guidelines say pregnant women who develop the chickenpox rash should immediately contact their doctor and be referred to a foetal medicine specialist.
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That means if someone has never had chickenpox before, they can develop it after being in contact with a sick person's fluid-filled shingles blisters, CDC says.
It found that nine out of 10 have used calamine lotion on their children to relieve the signs of chickenpox, despite the fact that there is no clinical evidence to show that it works, as - while offering immediate itch relief - can often leave your child's skin feeling itchier than before.
In England and Wales more people die each year from chickenpox than from mumps, measles, whooping cough and Hib meningitis combined.
Although chickenpox is a mild illness, every year several children die and dozens develop serious complications.
Older children who have not yet had chickenpox can also get the vaccine.
The varicella-zoster virus spreads through respiratory droplets that pass through the lungs of persons close to those in the active stages of chickenpox.
Reye's Syndrome should be suspected when vomiting begins 3 to 7 days after the onset of flu or chickenpox.