Chickenpox is a contagious childhood disease caused by infection with varicella zoster virus, which mostly affects young children.
The first signs of chickenpox
Typically the appearance of mild fever accompanied by itchy skin blisters. The blisters usually appear first in the form of red spots on the chest and abdomen, and later spread to the whole body. The blisters will dry out in about four to five days and turn into scabs. If these are scratched, or infected with bacteria permanent scars may remain in their place.
What you absolutely must know about chickenpox
- Ninety percent of children catch chickenpox¹.
- It is most common among children aged 0-4 years².
- The infection usually spreads widely, peaking in the winter and early spring.
- The bed-ridden condition in children usually lasts 7-10 days.
- The rashes and blisters caused by the virus are often very itchy, inflamed and with bacteria can result in cross contamination.
- The itching is considered the most unpleasant symptom of chickenpox³.
- Scratching can cause cross contamination, which delays the healing of wounds and may result in permanent scars - this is what most concerns parents³.