Featured Chickenpox Articles
Descriptions of Featured Chickenpox Articles
Chickenpox is an infectious disease characterized by itchy blisters, tiredness, and fever. This page from the eMedTV site explains this illness in more detail, including information on its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Treatment for Chickenpox
In mild cases, treatment for chickenpox can usually be administered at home. As this eMedTV article explains, home care includes checking for infected blisters and watching for fever. This page also lists symptoms that require a doctor's care.
The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine is the best way to prevent chickenpox. This eMedTV article provides an overview of the vaccine and its effectiveness. This page also provides information on the side effects and safety of the vaccine.
Shingles and Chickenpox
Shingles is a painful disease caused by a reappearance of the varicella zoster virus. As this eMedTV segment explains, it occurs in people (mainly adults) who have already had chickenpox. This page explains the link between chickenpox and shingles.
Varivax is a live vaccine approved for preventing chickenpox. This article from the eMedTV Web site describes how the product works, explains when and how to get vaccinated, and lists some of the warnings associated with live vaccines.
Although rare, it is possible for someone to be infected with chickenpox twice. This section from the eMedTV site talks about this possibility. This page also explains how people who are immunocompromised are more likely to get chickenpox twice.
Chickenpox and Pregnancy
Pregnant women who develop chickenpox are at high risk for complications. This eMedTV article provides valuable information on precautions and steps to take when dealing with chickenpox and pregnancy.
History of Chickenpox
As this eMedTV article explains, the recorded history of chickenpox goes back to the 1500s, when Giovanni Filippo first discovered the condition. This page provides an outline of significant discoveries throughout the history of chickenpox.
Adult chickenpox can occur in any adult who hasn't had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. This part of the eMedTV library provides an overview of this disease and offers detailed information on the potential complications of adult chickenpox.
Chickenpox Incubation Period
The usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. This eMedTV resource offers a brief description of the chickenpox incubation period and also provides a link to more information.
Getting the varicella vaccine is the most effective method of preventing chickenpox. This eMedTV article offers a detailed explanation of this preventive measure and discusses who should and shouldn't get the vaccine.
Chickenpox Vaccine Side Effects
Common side effects of the chickenpox vaccine can include soreness, fever, and a mild rash. This eMedTV page provides detailed information on other possible side effects of the vaccine, including problems that require immediate medical care.
Symptoms of Chickenpox
The most common symptoms of chickenpox are fever, tiredness, and an itchy, blistery rash. This eMedTV article lists common and uncommon symptoms of this condition. This Web page also provides information on how long they typically last.
Chickenpox and Death
Many chickenpox-related deaths and complications occur in previously healthy children and adults. This eMedTV segment provides detailed information on chickenpox and death rates from previous years.
Chickenpox After Vaccine
After getting the chickenpox vaccine, some people develop a breakthrough infection. This eMedTV segment discusses breakthrough infection (a mild form of chickenpox) and provides statistics on chickenpox after vaccine.