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Varicella or Chickenpox got its name because the blisters look like chick peas. Varicella, or chickenpox, is one of the most common communicable childhood diseases caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Most people get chickenpox while they are still children.
Chickenpox occurs most commonly in children under 10. Those under 1 year of age (whose mothers have had chickenpox before) are not usually infected, as they still have some immunity from their mother’s antibodies, which were transferred to them before birth.
The chickenpox vaccine has been part of routine childhood vaccinations (at age 12–18 months) since 1995, but many children have still not been vaccinated. About 85% of children who have been vaccinated avoid infection, but even if they do show symptoms, they are generally mild. Most infections occur from March to May.
Itchy rash all over the body with a fever. Chickenpox is contagious and is spread through the air, by coughing or sneezing, or even talking. It can also be spread by contact with fluid from the blisters. It usually takes 2-3 weeks from the time a child is exposed to chickenpox virus until he or she becomes ill. The disease is contagious from 1 or 2 days before the rash appears until all the blisters are dried up, which usually takes 4 to 5 days.
Chickenpox is usually a mild disease. Rarely, serious problems do occur.
The illness resolves on its own after 1–3 weeks. Avoid scratching, which can cause infection and scars.
The treatment cost depends on the type of treatment followed.
In general, a single consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor would cost you about INR 1000/-.
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