Chicken pox, also spelled chickenpox, is a common childhood disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), one of the eight herpesviruses known to affect humans. It is characterized by a fever followed by itchy raw pox or open sores.

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Chickenpox Symptoms

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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...
Source: MayoClinic

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...
Source: MayoClinic

Chickenpox Prevention

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Prevention
... The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine is the best way to prevent chickenpox. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the vaccine provides complete protection from ...
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Chickenpox Treatment

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Complications
... Chickenpox is normally a mild disease. But it can be serious and can lead to complications, especially in these high-risk groups: Newborns and infants Teenagers Adults Pregnant women People whose immu...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox typically requires no medical treatment. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine to relieve itching. But for the most part, the disease is allowed to run i...
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Chickenpox Other

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Chickenpox
... What is chickenpox? Chickenpox is a common illness caused by a virus (germ) called varicella zoster. People often get the virus as young children. A child with chickenpox can easily give the virus to ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Shingles Information Page
... Shingles (herpes zoster) are an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox - the varicella-zoster virus. Early signs of shingles include burning ...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Chickenpox Treatment

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Chicken Pox
... Chicken pox is a very contagious disease caused by a virus (Varicella/herpes zoster). It is spread from child to child, and sometimes to adults, by sneezing, coughing, contaminated clothing and direct...
Source: HealthWorld

Chicken Pox (Varicella)
... An acute viral disease, usually ushered in by mild constitution symptoms that are followed shortly by an eruption appearing in crops and characterizedby macules, papules, vesicles and crusting. This c...
Source: HealthWorld

   

Chickenpox Articles

  • Shingles Information Page
    ... Shingles (herpes zoster) are an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox - the varicella-zoster virus. Early signs of shingles include burning ...
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
    ... Varicella is an acute, highly communicable viral disease caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). The first infection with VZV results in varicella (chickenpox), which manifests as a generalized vesicu...