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First Aid for Chicken Pox

 

What is Chicken Pox?
  • Common childhood disease
  • Infection mild in children
  • Serious in infants/ adults
  • Chances of recurrence present
  • World-wide incidence
Causes
  • Caused by virus, Varicella-Zoster
  • Spreads through air & contact
  • Contagious till blisters disappear
Symptoms
  • Rashes all over body
  • Fever
  • Blisters
  • Uncontrollable itching
  • Pneumonia
  • Brain damage in severe cases
Treatment
  • Take luke-warm baths
  • Avoid aspirin
  • Trim fingernails to avoid skin damage
  • Drink cold fluids
  • Acyclovir effectively treats chicken pox
  • Fever treated with Acetaminophen/ibuprofen
  • Consult a GP /child specialist if:
    • a. Rashes involve eyes
    • b. Fever is 103 F or more
    • c. Infection persists
Prevention
  • Infected person should remain home-bound
  • Vaccination
  • First dose given between 12-18 months
  • Vaccination should not be given to:
    • a. Those allergic to gelatin, neomycin
    • b. Pregnant women
    • c. The immuno-compromised

 

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