April 22, 2024
Virus Diseases

What is Chickenpox disease?


Last Update on February 23, 2024

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Infants
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People whose bodies are less able to fight against viruses and disease (have weaker immune systems) due to sickness or drugs, such as those who have cancer or HIV/AIDS
  • Transplant patients, chemotherapy patients, immunosuppressant drug users, and long-term steroid users
  • Children’s skin and soft tissue infections due to bacteria, such as Group A streptococcal infections
  • Illness of the lungs (pneumonia)
  • Brain infection or enlargement (encephalitis, cerebellar ataxia)
  • Bleeding issues (hemorrhagic complications)
  • Bloodstream illnesses (sepsis)
  • Dehydration
  • Neither has had chickenpox nor received the chickenpox vaccine.
  • Is expecting
  • Has a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or medicine, such as someone who has HIV/AIDS, or cancer, has a transplant, is on chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs, or the use of steroids drugs for a long period.

Call your healthcare practitioner if you experience any symptoms. It is essential to get in touch with a doctor if the person:

  • Is susceptible to developing severe consequences from chickenpox because they:
  • Is younger than one year old
  • Is over the age of twelve
  • Possesses a compromised immune system
  • Is pregnant
  • More than four-day-long fever
  • More than 102°F (38.9°C) fever
  • If any parts of the rash or the body suddenly become extremely red, heated, or sensitive, or if they start to bleed pus (a thick, cloudy substance), these could be signs of a bacterial infection.
  • Having trouble waking up or acting confused
  • Having trouble walking
  • Rigid neck
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Acute cough
  • Intense stomach discomfort
  • Rash that is bruised or bleeding (hemorrhagic rash)
  • Expecting mothers
  • Those with compromised immune systems
  • Antiviral drugs are available with approval to treat chickenpox. The earlier the drug is administered, ideally within the first 24 hours after the rash begins the better.