Early Symptoms of Chickenpox

chickenpox symptoms

My memories of getting chickenpox as a child are of, my mom’s caring, cartoons and comic books. Little did I know back then that it could be a potentially serious illness. Fortunately for me, I got the disease when I was a child. Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness, it is an airborne disease and it easily spreads by coughing and sneezing by people who have it. Chickenpox causes for the appearance of itchy red spots on the body and head that turn into fluid-filled blisters, these spots eventually become scabs and with a couple of days they drop off without leaving scars.

This illness is commonly regarded as a children’s disease, but adults can get it too.  The illness in grown-ups tends to be more severe and there is a higher risk of adults developing complications that could lead to more serious conditions. That is why it is of high importance to learn more about this disease and the symptoms it has, so it can be detected early.

Early Symptoms of Chickenpox can be easily recognized, while the rash that eventually develops to the blisters or spots will appear eventually, the real early symptoms are high temperatures, aches and pains in the muscles, loss of appetite, ‘feeling’ sick, and headaches. These symptoms might be easily confused as flu-like symptoms, but after checking the body spots and rashes will appear. Some individuals might see some feel rashes only, as others will not have the same luck and they will have their bodies covered by the spots. On an average chickenpox patients will find the spots behind the ears, on the face, over the scalp, on the chest and belly, and on the arms and legs. In certain cases the spots could form unpleasantly inside the mouth and ears. More uncommon symptoms are not to be taken lightly, as they are signs of a more complex and severe case of the illness. The first indication is if the skin surrounding the spots becomes red and painful, signs of dehydration and pain in the chest and/or difficulty breathing. These symptoms, regardless if the patient is a child or an adult are indicators that medical assistance is required.

The importance is that if you our a family member gets Chickenpox, the best treatment they need is resting and being kept from public areas and away from others who might not have gotten this disease. Even more so, if those people have a weakened immune system, such as newborn babies and pregnant women.  If proper action is taken, the spread of Chickenpox can be neutralized.

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