Chicken pox is a contagious viral infection called Varicella - Zoster virus.
- The virus causes the gradual eruption of a rash which develops into small blisters all over the whole body. It can cause a headache, fever and dry cough and generally will feel unwell.
- These blisters dry and scab over but are very itchy.
- The blisters can appear any where on the body including in the mouth or on the scalp.
- Incubation period is 11 - 20 days for the symptoms to develop after catching the virus and the child remains contagious until all the blisters have scabbed over.
Chicken pox can be dangerous to people with weak immune systems, babies, and pregnant women.
What should be done in case of chicken pox
If there is any doubt in the diagnosis or symptoms are more severe - see your GP.
- Use Calamine lotion to easy the discomfort and itch from the blisters.
- Give antihistamine treatment to help your baby sleep and prevent your baby from scratching herself, which could lead to secondary infection of the lesions and leave scars.
- Ensure your baby's / childs fingernails are kept short.
- Treat any temperature symptoms using paracetamol or neurofen .
- Look out for severe signs of chicken pox: high temperature, stomach pains, vomiting, secondary infections of the lesions.