What are the symptoms of chickenpox?
Before chickenpox appears as a very itchy rash that spreads from the torso to the neck, face and limbs, the affected person may have serious headache and pains all over the body. When it appears, it last seven to 10 days and the rash progresses from red bumps to fluid-filled blisters. Vesicles may also appear in the mouth, on the scalp, around the eyes or on the genitals, and can be very painful.
This cycle repeats itself in new areas of the body until finally, after about two weeks, all of the sores have healed. The disease is contagious until all the spots have dried up. Unfortunately, the virus is also contagious for at least one day before the rash breaks out.
Seek medical advice about chickenpox if:
You think your child has chickenpox. A doctor can confirm your diagnosis.
If your child is recovering from chickenpox and begins running a fever, vomiting, having convulsions or is drowsy, get medical help immediately.
If you are pregnant, have never had chickenpox and are exposed to the disease. Your unborn child may be at risk. Please seek medical advice without delay.
Parents should keep their wards at home if they have chickenpox and teachers should be extra vigilant to send children with the infection home immediately after discovery. Disinfect your house and keep high level of hygiene.