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Chicken pox is one of the most common childhood diseases that people get. It develops early in age. People with low levels of immunity and who are weak usually get the disease more easily. However, these days vaccination is available for chicken pox.
Chicken pox is caused by a virus called Varicella Zoster. It belongs to the same family of the herpes virus. A person develops chicken pox by coming in contact with another infected person. The person who has chicken pox will develop blisters on the scalp, face and the torso. If someone touches these blisters or comes in contact with the liquid from the blisters they get chicken pox. The infected person is highly contagious in the first two days of the outbreak of the disease.
The symptoms of chicken pox develop fourteen to sixteen days after the virus enters the body. It usually starts with a mild fever and headache, and in a day or two the fever will shoot up. The person may feel weak and develop a rash first on the stomach in most cases. The chicken pox rash develops in clusters and is red in color on the first day. It then turns into a blister and bursts and dries up eventually. It takes a week for the blisters to dry up. The blusters start drying up on the trunk then in the end they dry up on the head. The rash may burn or sometimes is very itchy. It is similar to a diaper rash or eczema in severity.
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