Because chickenpox is now one of the childhood diseases for which children are immunized, many young parents are unable to identify the symptoms and onset of chickenpox. This guide will help you identify the signs and symptoms of chickenpox.
In children, generally, one of the first signs of chickenpox is the appearance of a rash. Initially there may be no other indication that the child is not well.
The chickenpox rash is a pink or red rash of small raised spots which are followed by small blisters. The spots are usually somewhat elongated, almost elliptical. They erupt in different areas of the body over a course of several days.
A breakout of chickenpox usually occur around the trunk of the body, under arms, on the face and in the scalp. The rash can appear anywhere on the body and in severe cases can cover the entire body.
Symptoms of the chickenpox may include a slight fever and discomfort with the rash. Chickenpox itch, and the itch can usually be relieved with Calamine lotion, talcum powder, or warm oatmeal baths. It is important to try to control the itching because it is important not to scratch, which can cause scarring.
Sometimes there are eruptions in the mouth, throat, nose, and eyes. These eruptions can lead to additional symptoms such as a sore throat, coughing, and runny eyes. These symptoms should go away as the chickenpox heal.
Once chickenpox spots become blisters they will then look pussy and will eventually turn into a scab.
Chickenpox are infectious until the scabs dry and drop from the skin. It is infectious until all the scabs fall away from the skin.
The good news is that should your child contract chickenpox it is usually a mild illness which is easy to overcome. Symptoms are usually mild and go away as the chickenpox virus runs its course, which lasts from 14 to 21 days.
Generally children make a complete and easy recovery from chickenpox.
Chickenpox Symptoms, Mayo Clinic
Chickenpox, Google Health
Topic Overview: Chickenpox