- Red itchy rashes (usually start appearing first on chest or back and face then spreads)
- Loss of appetite
Chicken Pox - Overview
Chickenpox also known as varicella is a viral infection caused by varicella-zoster virus. It is highly contagious, a non-serious and self-limiting infection, but it can be serious in case of babies, adults and people with weak immune system. Chicken Pox infected person is contagious about 2 days before the rash appears and continues so for about 5-7 days or until all of the blisters have become scabs. It affects commonly in children between 5-10 years of age. It is very rare to have the chickenpox infection more than once.
Causes of Chicken Pox
As said above varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox infection. A person gets infected after being in contact with an infected person. The virus remains contagious for several days until all the blisters get dried and scabs have formed. It is spread through saliva, coughing, sneezing, direct contact with blisters and breathing in particles of the virus from the blisters or from the air around someone who is infected.