Chickenpox (varicella) is a viral infection that causes an itchy, blister-like rash. Chickenpox is highly contagious to people who haven’t had the disease nor been vaccinated against it. Before routine chickenpox vaccination, virtually all people had been infected by the time they reached adulthood, sometimes with serious complications. Today, the number of cases and hospitalizations is down dramatically. For most people, chickenpox is a mild disease. Still, it’s better to get vaccinated.
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- You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Confirmation of the diagnosis and/or treatment must be verified with your physician.
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- You’re willing to donate plasma through the apheresis process.
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- You must weight at least 110 lbs.
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Chickenpox infection usually lasts about five to ten days. The rash is the telltale indication of chickenpox. Other signs and symptoms, which may appear one to two days before the rash, include fever, loss of appetite, headache, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell (malaise).
Once the chickenpox rash appears, it goes through three phases:
Once infected, you can spread the virus for up to 48 hours before the rash appears, and you remain contagious until all spots crust over.
In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox typically requires no medical treatment. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine to relieve itching. But for the most part, the disease is allowed to run its course.
This information is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource derived from Mayo Clinic.
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