Chickenpox is most common in children.
A medical practitioner, Roseline Odunewu, has rebuffed the myth that chickenpox must infect every individual at a point in one’s life.
She said that because chickenpox is an infectious disease, it spreads very fast to people who come in close contact with an infected person.
According to Ms. Odunewu, the chicken pox rash can appear in three or more successive waves, but the blisters eventually dry up.
“It typically results in blister-like rashes, itching, tiredness, and fever,” Ms. Odunewu said.
She said adults with weak immune system are vulnerable to chickenpox disease.
“Chickenpox is common among children, but when an adult is infected, it is generally severe and fatal.
She explained that though cases of adult chicken pox are less than cases of children, the potential complications for adults infected with chickenpox are very serious.
“The early symptoms in adults are nausea, fever, loss of appetite, aching muscles and headache, which often start a day or so before the rash appears, thereby signaling the presence of the disease,” she said.
Ms. Odunewu said that the blisters could spread over the entire body, causing about 500 itchy blisters, adding that the spots develop into small itchy blisters which can be anywhere on the body.
She said that the symptoms vary from person to person as some people get covered in many spots, while others have few spots.
“The blisters gradually dry up, but may take two to three weeks to go completely. A dry cough may persist for a while after all the other symptoms have gone,” the expert said.
Ms. Odunewu said that chickenpox, being an airborne disease, spreads very easily to other parts of the body.
She said that it can spread through coughing or sneezing of the individual affected or through direct contact with secretions from the rash.
According to the doctor, chickenpox could be relieved by taking a soothing bathe to relieve the itching and applying calamine lotion to dry out the rash.”
At the hospital, some drugs could be prescribed to control the severe itching and may be helpful at night to help the patient sleep well.
“Scratching increases the risk of secondary bacterial infections,” Ms. Odunewu said. “All patients with chickenpox should have their nails trimmed short to reduce scratching.”
She said that there are no actual cure for chickenpox, though there is a vaccine called Varicella, mainly for easing or relieving the symptoms.
The doctor said that immune system could clear the virus from the body.
“As a protective measure, patients are usually required to stay at home to avoid spreading the disease to others,” she said.
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