Should you, or should you not be concerned about chickenpox?
What is chickenpox?
Its an infection that is characterized by itchy red blisters that appear all over the body that usually affect children.
Itâ€™s also very uncommon to have the chickenpox infection more than once, although it has happened before.
The chickenpox vaccine was introduced in the mid- 1990s and since then, there has been a huge decline in cases.
Is it possible to prevent chickenpox?
The chickenpox vaccination only prevents 98% in people. It is recommended that your child should get the shot when they are between 12 and 15 months old, followed by a booster between ages 4-6.
Older children and adults who havenâ€™t been vaccinated or exposed may receive catch-up doses of the vaccine.
As chickenpox tends to be more severe in older adults, people who havenâ€™t been vaccinated may opt to get the shots later.
If you are not able, or have never received the vaccine, you will want to avoid the virus at all costs by limiting contact with infected people.
Be careful because chickenpox canâ€™t be identified by its blisters until it has already been spread to others for days.
How to treat chickenpox
Most treatments for chickenpox are aimed at decreasing the amount of severe itching. Tylenol can be used to decrease fevers and aches.
You can also treat it at home with over-the-counter medications, soothing oatmeal baths, and calamine lotion.
Donâ€™t fear. Chickenpox can heal on their own. Most people bounce back to normal in 1-2 weeks of diagnosis.
Once chickenpox heals, most people become immune to the virus. It stay dormant in the body of a healthy person.
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