Part of: Contagious Disease
Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection which mainly affects children. A very itchy skin rash with red blisters and mild fever are typical signs. Because most children are now vaccinated, chickenpox (also referred to as varicella) is much less common than it was in the past.
If someone comes down with chickenpox, they are contagious after just one or two days, which is before they have any visible rash. But taking precautions and improving hygiene can help to avoid infecting others. Although chickenpox is very unpleasant, it rarely has any serious effects in children who are otherwise healthy. But it may become more severe in newborns and adults, as well as people who have a weakened immune system.
If you get chickenpox you will feel generally ill at first. It causes pain in the joints and headaches, and body temperature rises. The itchy rash typical of chickenpox develops next, usually on your face and torso first, and then spreading to the scalp, and arms and legs… Read more about Chickenpox