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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is varicella?

A highly contagious disease also known as chickenpox. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus and can be transmitted by contact with infected individuals. Patients should avoid contact with other children or pregnant women.

Symptoms of varicella

  • Skin abnormality

  • Blisters

  • Blisters formed scabs after 1 week

  • Scab

  • Fever

  • Skin Itching

  • Fatigue

  • Rash over my entire body

Questions your doctor may ask to check for varicella

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose varicella

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Did you have scabs forming about a week after the blisters?

  • Do you have a scab?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for varicella

This condition usually resolves by itself. The doctor may prescribe anti-itch medications as scratching can cause infection and scarring. In specific cases, patients may be advised to get the chickenpox vaccine or antiviral drugs.

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