What Does Chicken Pox Look Like ?
| Chicken pox is quite a common illness among children, especially those under the age of 12. Chicken pox looks like a rash with blisters that appear all over the body accompanied with cold-like symptoms. Invariably the symptoms disappear without any treatment but chicken pox is contagious and children and adults with chicken pox should be made to stay at home till all the symptoms and rash do not disappear.
Chicken pox is cause by Varicella Zoster virus and you can protect your child by immunizing him with varicella vaccine between the age of 12 months to 15 months. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that a booster shot of varicella vaccine should be given to children between the age of 4 and 6 years. The CDC also recommends that people aged 13 and above who have never had chicken pox or been vaccinated against chicken pox should take two doses of varicella vaccine 28 days apart.
Chicken pox looks like a red rash on the skin that usually appears initially on the face, abdomen and / or back. Then it spreads to the remaining parts of the body namely scalp, mouth, genitals and ears. Chicken pox rash begins with small red bumps that look like pimples. This rash further develops into a blister filled with clear fluid which gets cloudy with time. These thin-walled blisters eventually burst leaving open sores which crust over in a couple of days.
Chicken pox rash are itchy and the blisters are less than a quarter of an inch wide with red base. In the initial period of 2 to 4 days of chicken pox, the blisters keep appearing, and the amount of blisters can vary from person to person.
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