Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that results in an itchy rash. While most people associate chickenpox with school-aged children, people who have never had chickenpox before or haven’t gotten vaccinated can become infected, as well. Here at the Buffalo, NY, office of dermatologist Dr. Anthony Dee, we work to identify and treat chickenpox, among other skin issues. Read on to learn more!
What are the symptoms?
The classic symptom of chickenpox is a large, widespread rash that causes itchy blisters all over the body and face. These blisters may even develop in the mouth or genital region. It’s common for those infected to experience fever, fatigue, and headaches for a couple of days before the rash appears. In about one week, these blisters will scab over and eventually go away.
How is chickenpox treated?
Symptoms will usually go away on their own without treatment. You may choose to apply topical ointments such as calamine lotion to the body to reduce itching. Cold compresses and lukewarm oatmeal baths can also provide relief.
Whatever you do, do not scratch blisters, as this can lead to permanent scarring. Rarely do complications occur with chickenpox; however, there are certain people who may develop a severe case of chickenpox. Those at high risk for health complications associated with chickenpox are,
- Pregnant women
- Those with weak immune systems
Is there a way to prevent chickenpox?
The best way to protect against the chickenpox is to receive a vaccination from your dermatologist in Buffalo, NY. Anyone can get vaccinated, from children and teens to adults. If you have never had chickenpox before, then it’s highly recommended that you get the chickenpox vaccine.
If you are concerned about your child’s chickenpox or if the blisters look infected, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist right away. Call Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, today at (716) 636-3376 to schedule an appointment for you or your little one.