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Chicken pox

By: Belinda Ham

Belinda Ham

on 22 March 2013

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Chicken Pox Virus By: Belinda Ham Symptoms the first symptoms you will get its flu like symptoms that start a day or two before the itchy red rash appears. you will be tired and have headaches, a fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches. a sore throat and a stomach ache are common. Treatment the treatment is usually aimed towards making the patient more comfortable by treating the symptoms. Headache, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches can be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol). To relieve itching, frequent baths can be helpful! also adding oatmeal to your bath can improve itching. Calamine lotion can be applied to the blisters to dry them out and soothe the skin. Calamine lotion is the most popular treatment lotion for chicken pox. to control severe itching, you can get a prescription antihistamines if scratching becomes uncontrollable, you increase the risk of getting bacterial infections. to prevent this from happening, all patients should have their nails trimmed short. Tissues, organs
and systems affected Chicken pox affects many parts of the body. Mostly skin tissue leaving small red blisters and rashes on the skin that makes you really itchy. the skin can get a bacterial infection by scratching the skin too much and bacteria enters the body. the chicken pox also affects the lungs and you can get an infection called Varicella pneumonia. It is caused by the spread of the virus in the bloodstream to the lungs. the liver is also affected by inflammation of the liver. a rash of small red bumps will begin to form on your skin. they will spread to almost everywhere on your body and they are very itchy. they usually stop forming within about 5 days. on the 6th day, most of the blisters will have dried up, burst, or crust over. the chicken pox starts out as red bumps, then blisters and end with scabs. Babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems tend to have more severe and longer-lasting symptoms. A bacterial infection involving the skin, lungs, bones, joints, and the brain can occur only in serious cases and it is rare. if sore become infected, you may want to get antibiotics to treat then and so they won't get worse. this infection is common in children because they scratch their blisters more often. What Causes Chicken Pox? chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus. in many parts of the world chicken pox is known as varicella. people become infected by contact with other infected people. chickenpox is very contagious. it can be passed to other people by coughing, sneezing and direct contact. if someone in your family has chicken pox, you will most likely get it. though you can only get chickenpox once. How to Prevent Chickenpox there are a few ways that chicken pox can be prevented. getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent yourself from getting chicken pox. it protects the vaccinated person. you can also be aware that it is highly contagious. so if you have the chicken pox, you should stay home in bed until the blisters have formed into scabs. Also protect yourself from others with the chicken pox and try to avoid contact with them. Advancements in technology,
treatment, procedures,
and medications Getting Vaccinated is a effective way to prevent yourself from getting the chicken pox. the vaccination has been around for a while and is an advancement. more adults who have not had the chicken pox are getting the vaccination because when they get the virus its more serious and severe. though it is still possible to get the chicken pox with the vaccination, you just lower the chances. another advancement is antibiotics for chicken pox. the antibiotics help fight the disease and prevent you from getting a infection. also they help the disease from getting more serious. these procedures have helped patients very much in life. people who do not want to risk getting the chicken pox can get the vaccination which will lower the chances of them getting it. people wont have to suffer through the pain. mostly adults and people with weaker immune systems would get the vaccination because they get the case of the chicken pox more serious and can cause long lasting effects. in worst cases they could die but that is very rare. also they have higher chances of going to the hospital because it become more serious. antibiotics have helped people with the chicken pox because it saves them from getting bad infections and it helps the disease from getting worse. by taking the antibiotics, you can get better faster. Resources http://www.dana.org/news/publications/detail.aspx?id=4282
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