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Chicken pox is a childhood disease. However, even adults get it sometimes much later in life. People who have never got chicken pox are at a higher risk of getting it. However, once a person gets the viral disease, they do not get it the second time. The body develops immunity to the virus.
Chicken pox is caused by a virus known as the varicella zoster. It is one of the viruses from the herpes family. It also causes other diseases like shingles, which is very similar to chicken pox. Once the chicken pox virus enters the body, it takes about two to three weeks to develop. After three weeks, the person develops mild fever which can go up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes the fever is accompanied by headaches. After 24 hours of the fever, the rashes of chicken pox start appearing.
One of the first rashes appears on the stomach in most people. The rashes develop in clusters and they are red in color. They are also very itchy. The rashes start spreading very quickly all over the torso and the face and sometimes even on the scalp. Some people get rashes on their back also. The rashes give a burning sensation, and are also very irritable. The rashes turn into blisters in a day or two and after a couple of days they dry out. The rashes first start drying out on the torso. The rash has to be treated with extra care on drying out with topical applications. Or else, they can leave a scar. The rashes may also sometimes spread to the genital areas.
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