For the episode of South Park, see Chickenpox (South Park episode). Chickenpox, also spelled chicken pox, is the common name for Varicella simplex, classically one of the childhood infectious diseases caught and survived by most children. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. It starts with conjunctival and catarrhal symptoms, moderate fever and then characteristic spots ...
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Signs and symptoms
... The best-known sign of chickenpox is a red, itchy rash that breaks out on the face, scalp, chest and back, but it can spread across the entire body, even into the throat, eye and vagina. The chickenpo...
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Risk factors
... Chickenpox is highly contagious to people not immune to it and spreads quickly in child-care facilities, schools and within families. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the rash or by dro...
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When to seek medical advice
... If you suspect that you or your child has chickenpox, consult your family doctor. He or she can easily diagnose chickenpox by examining the characteristic rash and by noting the presence of accompanyi...
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