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Chicken Pox Symptoms

Chicken pox is a common illness among children, particularly those under age 12. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread by direct contact or breathing in germs from someone’s cough or sneeze. After two weeks of exposure of VZV, chicken pox spots appear on the body.

Symptoms of Chicken Pox:
Symptoms of chicken pox vary from child to child. It may start with slight fever in one child or it seems to be like cold in some other child. Within 24 hours of the onset of chicken pox, small red papules appear on the back, chest, face and everywhere.

After that pimples turn into vesicles but within a day or two, these vesicles dry up with a brown crust appearing on them. There may be eruptions seen from these vesicles after some days. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some children get just a few bumps while others are covered from head to toe.

Chicken pox blisters show up in waves, so after some begin to crust over, a new group of spots may appear. They usually stop appearing by the seventh day, though they may stop as early as the third day. It usually takes 10–14 days for all the blisters to be scabbed over.

Besides this child with chicken pox may also have following symptoms:

  • Runny nose/stuffy nose
  • Slight cough
  • Decrease in Appetite
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache

Chicken Pox Systems During Pregnancy:

Chicken pox is highly contagious. It takes 14 to 16 days for the symptoms to become apparent. The complications associated with this disease become many folds when a woman is pregnant. Especially the risks are high if the pregnancy is in third trimester. A condition for chicken pox pneumonia can be life threatening. Awareness of the signs of this disease during such circumstances prove handy. Some signs of this disease to watch out for by pregnant mothers are:

  • Mild flu
  • Itchy rash
  • Blisters which scab over
  • Red bumps in face, chest and abdomen
  • New eruptions in other parts of the body

When chicken pox affects the mother just prior to the delivery of the baby, the condition is called neonatal varicella. Symptoms of this condition in the mother are:

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Anorexia
  • Very high fever
  • General malaise

Possible Complications to the New Born Due to Chicken Pox Symptoms in Pregnancy:

  • Under developed toes and fingers
  • Severe anal and bladder malformation
  • Damage to brain
  • Damage to eye
  • Damage to spinal cord
  • Condition called Horner’s Syndrome
  • Damage to body
  • Skin disorders like lesions and hypopigmentation

How Pregnant Mothers Can Prevent Complications of Chicken Pox Symptoms ?

  • Aspirin should not be used by the mother to bring down the fever. It can cause a condition called Reyes Syndrome. The drug acetaminophen can be beneficial instead.
  • If the baby develops flu, a lot of liquid is to be supplied by the mother to the baby. She should also drink sufficient amount of liquids to remain hydrated.
  • The baby’s hands and feet should be covered with socks. This prevents from the infant scratching the blisters and increase the infection.

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