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Chicken Pox Alert: Not Only For Kids, But is Still Very Possible for Adults

I've read it before, adults infected of chicken pox but I just shrugged it off, mentally telling myself that it might be a rare case and that I’ll never experience it.

Little did I know that it is still possible when I was down with this disease (and still currently am).

It started with me having chills and fever for two days. And then I saw a red blister which I thought was just a pimple in my left eyebrow. And then I felt something was itchy at my back so when I touched it, it bursts. I just ignored it at first. But then when I also felt that my scalp has a lot of those bumps, then I worried especially that there were fresh blisters sprouting in my face, chest and especially my back.

What worries me the most is that I have a 15-month old baby and the possibility of him being infected so I had myself checked. And the doctor confirmed that I am inflicted with chicken pox.

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Even celebrities like Angelina Jolie contract chicken pox for adults

What is Chicken Pox?

This is a highly contagious disease known scientifically as Varicella cause by initial infection of the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox occurs worldwide, it doesn't choose-it can affect persons of all races, gender and age. Study reveals though that it is largely a childhood disease with most cases occurring in children before 10 years of age.

What You Need to Know about Chicken Pox

Chicken pox often is experienced during our childhood. It is said that people who have had chickenpox almost always develop lifetime immunity (extremely unlikely to get it again). However, the virus remains dormant in the body and it can reactivate later in life and cause shingles or it can be possible for those immuno-compromised individuals.

According to WebMD  “It is spread by droplets from a sneeze or cough, or by contact with the clothing, bed linens or oozing blisters of an infected person. The onset of symptoms is 10 to 21 days after exposure. The disease is most contagious a day or two before the rash appears and until the rash is completely dry and scabbed over.”

Summer heat can trigger the spread of this disease as well. So since we are currently on the hottest month of the year, you may want to be very vigilant about preventing it.

Indications of Having Chicken Pox

Just like children, chickenpox usually begins as an itchy rash of red papules (small bumps) progressing to vesicles (blisters) on the stomach, back and face, and then will spread to the arms, limbs and other parts of the body. Blisters can also arise inside the mouth.

The spread pattern can vary from person to person. The fluid-filled blisters tend to be very itchy and uncomfortable.

Just like what I had experienced, it started as high fever, headache, chills in the early morning and even can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Most adults who get chickenpox may experience symptoms for up to 48 hours before breaking out in rash. These include high fever, body malaise, pounding headache, loss of appetite and abdominal pain.

Study will tell that the condition is usually more severe in adults than in children and can be life-threatening in complicated cases.

How to Treat Chicken Pox

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Most cases of chickenpox require little or no treatment beyond treating the symptoms. It is advisable to seek medical help so that the doctor can prescribe medications effective for shortening the duration of chickenpox symptoms and may be recommended for certain people with chickenpox, such as pregnant women, those with a weakened immune system, and adults who seek medical advice within 24 hours of the rash appearing.

As for me, my doctor gave me painkillers, oral medication for my fever, antihistamine to relieve the itching and swelling, antibiotics to prevent and a secondary bacterial skin infection which can develop to bacterial pneumonia. A lot of water intake is also recommended to flush out the toxins within the body and to avoid dehydration.

It is also advisable to stay at home and be isolated until all of the blisters have burst and crusted over. Please take note that it takes at least 10-21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox as well. This is how long it takes for the virus to replicate and come out in the characteristic rash in the new host.

Because of the serious complications that may occur in immuno-compromised individuals, children and pregnant women should stay away from patients who has a known case of chickenpox. As always, prevention is better than cure.

Foods to Avoid When One has Chicken Pox

My doctor advised me to eat healthy food as this will enhance my immune system to help fight off the disease quickly. Take note, eating food will not cure the disease directly but it will help the body to combat the symptoms of it. Eating poorly with an unhealthy diet can only worsen the disease, so make sure that the patient gets the nutrients they need.

1.   Fruits, especially citrus ones are good like oranges, grapes, apples but stay away from mangoes, pineapples and watermelon for the mean time.

2.    Avoid chicken and eggs as this will aggravate the itchiness.

3.    Stay away from sweets, like chocolates, cakes and any other sugary delicatessens.

4.    Set aside coffee and other hot drinks that’ll make you perspire. As much as needed, during the whole course, you just avoid sweating as this will irritate the blisters.

5.    Avoid salty foods, those with cheese and spicy meals.

6.    Avoid chips, junk food, processed food and those with a lot of additives.

7.    Stay away from red meat and fried foods.

My Personal View on Chicken Pox

As of writing, I am still on my third day and that according to relatives and my researches, there are still a lot of things to experience especially when all the fluid-filled blisters burst already and how itchy or painful the scabs are on their drying state. But I am praying so hard that it’ll be easy on me and rather for me to be healed immediately. I am just looking at the positive side of it for easier recovery.

For my son, I asked my mother to bring him to his pediatrician for possible medication or recommendation so that we can prevent him from experiencing it too soon.

I guess what I can recommend is for you to always take good care of your health because most often we always compromise our health. And you will only recognize how important it is when you are down with sickness already, just like me. Stay healthy, and live healthy.

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