Morning Rounds: Chickenpox

The Morning Show

Dr. Teagan McCormick of Christie Clinics makes her morning rounds on The Morning Show and this week is discussing the highly contagious disease or chickenpox.

Chickenpox infection appears 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus and usually lasts about five to 10 days. The rash is the telltale indication of chickenpox. Other signs and symptoms, which may appear one to two days before the rash, include:
Fever
Loss of appetite
Headache
Tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell (malaise)
 
Chickenpox, which is caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus, is highly contagious, and it can spread quickly. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the rash or by droplets dispersed into the air by coughing or sneezing.
Your risk of catching chickenpox is higher if you:
Haven’t had chickenpox
Haven’t been vaccinated for chickenpox
Work in or attend a school or child care facility
Live with children
 
When to see a doctor:
If you suspect that you or your child has chickenpox, consult your doctor. He or she usually can diagnose chickenpox by examining the rash and by noting the presence of accompanying symptoms. Your doctor can also prescribe medications to lessen the severity of chickenpox and treat complications, if necessary. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment and mention you think you or your child has chickenpox, to avoid waiting and possibly infecting others in a waiting room.
 

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