Chicken pox, or the VZV/varicella-zoster virus, is one of the most common illness for children aged 2 to 12. However, while it is most common in young childen, people of all ages can experience chicken pox. The most common symptom of chicken pox is an itchy spotted space appearing like small blisters across the body. Most get a fever with chicken pox too.
Causes of Chicken Pox
The virus that causes chicken pox is spread through the air or with direct contact. Chicken pox is contagious for two days before a rash even appears and continues until all of the blisters have crusted over entirely. The disease is highly contagious. This makes important to treat it immediately. The professionals at Pediatrics On Demand are well versed in working with chicken pox patients of all ages.
Signs & Symptoms of Chicken Pox
There are countless symptoms associated with this childhood disease. Some of the most popular chicken pox symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Stomach ache
- Blisters/rash across the body
Ultimately because of the rash, it is easy for pediatricians to diagnose chicken pox. If there is any question on whether the blisters are caused by chicken pox, they may withdraw fluid from a blister and run the sample under a microscope.
Treating Chicken Pox
Some pediatricians may prescribe antibiotics if the chicken pox sores become infected. This occurs when children itch the sores so often they break open and allow other bacteria to get inside the wounds. Typically however treatment for chicken pox is simply quarantine, rest and plenty of fluids, which can be difficult for young children. However, this is the only way for a child to truly recover from the virus.
To schedule an appointment with Pediatrics On Demand today for chicken pox treatment, call (708) 424-0900.