Description:Chickenpox and shingles are caused by a virus called the Herpes Zoster virus. It is also called the varicella-zoster ... more
Chickenpox ... virus (varicella is the medical name for chickenpox). Chickenpox is a mild disease that most children catch at some point. Itís most common in the winter and spring and usually affects lots of children at the same time, around once every three years. This is called an epidemic. Chickenpox spreads in tiny droplets of saliva and nasal mucus coughed out by an infected person. The virus is already in these droplets before any rash appears, which is why it spreads so fast. Chickenpox is most common between the ages of two and eight. You are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until roughly five days after. It takes 10-21 days for the symptoms to show after youíve come into contact with the virus. This is called the 'incubation period'.
Newest Review: ... my doctor and explained to him that i thought i had chicken pox and he told me to come in and see him streight away, he sounded very concerned which panicked me a little bit. I went streight in to see my doctor and he confirmed it was chicken pox and then informed me that in his 23 years working as a doctor he had never seen a pregnant woman with chicken pox before so didnt know what to do ... more
Customer Chickenpox Reviews (2)
by - written on 02/01/08, updated on 27/04/09 (Very useful, 319 readings)
After managing to avoid the chicken pox virus as a child i was unfortunate enough to catch chicken pox wholst pregnant with my first child. When the first few blisters appeared on my arm i thought nothing of it and just put it down to me not noticing that the deep fat fryer must have spat at me wholst cooking tea. You can imagine my shock when i woke up the next morning covered in little blisters, and i mean covered there was not one part of my body it had missed, they were in my mouth, under my eye lids and every where else you could possibly imagine. I phoned my doctor and explained to him that i thought i had chicken pox and he told me ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/06/06 (Very useful, 3166 readings)
The reason for this review at this time is that my 4-year-old son has just had chickenpox. It has been doing the rounds at his nursery so I'm not really surprised he caught it, as it is very contagious amongst youngsters. I thought it might be really useful for any other parents who haven't seen this before. ***What Is It?*** The Varicella-zoster virus is part of the herpes family, which is why the spots resemble cold sores a bit. Once it is in your system it usually causes immunity from catching it again but this is not the case in everyone, as I have had a severe bout once and two milder episodes which have coincided with my children getting it. ... Read the complete review