Chickenpox: symptoms

The diagnosis of chicken pox is easy for the doctor to do. The symptoms are fairly typical, and always occur during a bout of chicken pox. The symptoms are associated with fever and a characteristic rash. The latter is manifested by the appearance of small red buttons more or less numerous that turn into bubbles filled with a clear liquid.

These vesicles dry or form crusts that fall in about 5 days.

The pimples appear first on the thorax and then extend over the face and limbs. There are several outbreaks that repeat for 10 to 15 days.

Another annoying symptom of chicken pox is itching (ie pruritus). The pimples are often itchy, prompting children to scratch. These lesions can cause skin superinfection and scarring.

Sometimes chickenpox becomes so mild that the disease goes unnoticed. This is why it is only necessary for the appearance of a few pimples in a child or an adult during an epidemic to assume the diagnosis of chicken pox. The pimples disappear without leaving a scarring except in cases of scratching lesions

It happens (but it is rare) that the disease is serious . Either because the virus is very virulent and the clinical symptoms important. Either because the patient is fragile such as pregnant women, immunocompromised people, people with cancer or chemotherapy.

The disease can have serious consequences in pregnant women . Indeed, the virus can infect the baby it carries, cause malformations if the chickenpox is contracted during the first months of pregnancy. Also, the baby can be born with chicken pox.

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