Chicken Pox

What is Chichen Pox?

Chicken Pox is a highly contagious condition. It affects both sexes of all age groups. It is however a common occurrence amongst children of 3-8 years of age. Immunity for life. Adult chickenpox is rare. But when it occurs it can be a serious attack with complications.

Clinical Features of Chicken Pox

1.Incubation period 10-21 days.
2. Low-grade fever; body ache of 3-5 days duration.
3.Skin rash consists of the appearance of crops of vesicles (blisters). The lesion first appears
on the trunk and face and rapidly involves other areas of the body. Most of the lesions
are small, occur in crops, and have a reddish base of 5-10 mm. It may also occur within
the mouth. The rashes begin to dry in about a week’s time. Itching is present as scab
forms. Rashes in children generally disappear without a trace.

Management of Chicken Pox

1. Bed rest, quarantine.
2. Analgesics.
3. Itching is relieved by warm baths and applying soothing preparations like Lacto calamine
lotion.

Complications of Chicken Pox

These are generally seen in adult-onset chickenpox.
1. Secondary infections of the blisters.
2. Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
3. Pneumonia.