While a mild illness for most people, chickenpox is a virus that cannot be treated with antibiotics, and needs to simply run its course. Those who get the chickenpox will experience itchiness, and some discomfort, as a rash expands over their entire body, in a matter of days. It can be quite contagious, however, as most people have either had the illness when they were children, or received a vaccination for this condition, those at risk are really only newborns, and individuals who have not been vaccinated. For those who have gotten their chickenpox vaccine (or had the illness as youngsters), there is a slight chance they could still get the condition, however the risk is there; especially for those who have children, or work in jobs where they are surrounded by children daily. However, those who are somewhat immune to the disease and still contract the illness experience a less traumatic chickenpox run; having quite a mild fever (if any), and very few blisters.
The condition itself last approximately five to ten days after exposure, and is an overall a minor virus; still, there are rare times that chickenpox can lead to complications and become more serious. Some issues that can fall hand-in-hand with chickenpox includes: dehydration, bacterial infections (of one’s skin, bones, soft tissue, bloodstream, or joints), pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and brain inflammation (encephalitis). It’s also important to note that chickenpox during pregnancy can cause some issues for babies, including birth defects, low birth weight, and limb abnormalities. Moreover, the threat increases if a woman develops the illness close to having their baby (a week or days, prior to delivery); causing an infection that could be life-threatening for a little one.
So, what are the signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to chickenpox? Below is a top ten list when it comes to key indicators of this illness.