Chicken Pox Treatment | How To Treat Chickenpox | Symptoms of Chickenpox | Signs Of Chicken Pox
Hey all, this weeks video about Chickenpox and how to treat it. I think I have had over 300 messages from parents to do a video on this topic so without further ado here it is.
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WHAT IS CHICKENPOX:
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection, which means it spreads easily from person to person. If you’ve not had chickenpox before and someone in your household gets it, it’s very likely you’ll catch it too.
Chickenpox is a common infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. It causes an itchy, spotty rash. The spots start flat then become raised and blistered, before crusting over. For most people, chickenpox isn’t serious. You’ll probably feel better after a week or so.
You can catch chickenpox at any time of year, but it’s most likely in spring. It’s most common in children under 10, but you can catch it at any age. Once you have had chickenpox, you’re very unlikely to catch it again. About nine out of 10 adults are immune as a result of catching chickenpox when they were a child.
If you’ve had chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus will stay dormant in your body for the rest of your life. At any time later in life, the virus could be reactivated, causing shingles.
SYMPTOMS OF CHICKENPOX:
1. Chickenpox starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body.
2. The spots fill with fluid. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.
3. The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.
You might get symptoms before or after the spots, including:
• A high temperature above 38C
• Aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
• Loss of appetite
Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they don't have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults.
If you're not sure it's chickenpox you can also visit the following link which includes pictures that will help:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION & WHEN TO SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION:
• If you have chickenpox don't be around pregnant women, newborn babies and people with a weakened immune system, as it can be dangerous for them.
• Don't use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by your doctor, as it may cause a serious skin infections called necrotising fasciitis.
• Don't give aspirin to children under 16.
Speak to a GP if:
• You're not sure it's chickenpox.
• The skin around the blisters is red, hot or painful (signs of infection)
your child is dehydrated.
• You're concerned about your child or they get worse.
Tell the receptionist you think it's chickenpox before going in. They may recommend a special appointment time if other patients are at risk.
Ask for an urgent GP appointment if:
• You're an adult and have chickenpox.
• You're pregnant and haven't had chickenpox before and have been near someone with it.
• You have a weakened immune system and have been near someone with chickenpox.
• You think your newborn baby has chickenpox.
In these situations, your GP can prescribe medicine to prevent complications. You need to take it within 24 hours of the spots coming out.
Please also visit the link below, it contains more information on when to seek medical attention:
If you have any further questions please speak to your pharmacist or other healthcare professionals.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
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