How Do You Get Chickenpox? | Is Chickenpox Eradicated?

Chickenpox, known as varicella, is a contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

There is a blister-like rash, which appears on the face and body, and then spreads everywhere the body. Although not life-threatening, complications can occur.

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Chickenpox is causing by a virus called varicella-zoster. People become infected after contact with an infected adult or child.

Chickenpox is an infectious disease. People who have nevermore must chickenpox and have never been vaccinated are at the risk of infection.

Is chickenpox eradicated?

Varicella vaccine in the market since 1995, and studies show that it has wiped out deaths from chickenpox in the U.S. With two diseases entirely eradicated in the world, this is the good news of progress in the biotech community.

According to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases study, deaths from chickenpox have diminished by 87% in all age groups and by 98% in young people 20 and under.


Before the rash develops, there will be:

  • A feeling of being unwell 
  • Fever, which is worse in adults than children
  • Loss of appetite
  • Aching muscles
  • Feeling of nausea

To learn more, you can read: Fever In Adults: When To Worry

After the rash develops, there will be:

  • Rash
  • Spots
  • Blisters
  • Clouding 
  • Healing

Other symptoms

A few people have severe symptoms.

  • The skin around the spots or injuries becomes painful and red
  • Breathing difficulties

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As with a cold or flu, several healthy people recover fully by resting and drinking lots of fluids.

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Chickenpox resolves within a week or two without any treatment. There is no remedy, but a vaccine can stop it.

A doctor prescribes medication to reduce symptoms of itchiness and discomfort and prevent the infection from spreading to other people.

Pain or fever 

Tylenol helps with symptoms of high temperature. First, however, it is necessary to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. 

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Avoiding dehydration

It is essential to drink lots of fluids, preferably water, to prevent dehydration. Some doctors recommend sugar-free popsicles to children who are not drinking enough.

To learn more, you can read: How Do You Know If You Are Dehydrated?


Itchiness becomes severe, but it is essential to minimize scratching to reduce.

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Chickenpox and pregnancy

During pregnancy, there is a higher risk of developing pneumonia with chickenpox.

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There is a risk of catching the infection onto the fetus.

If infection occurs during the 20 weeks of pregnancy, fetal varicella syndrome risks scarring, brain drainage, eye problems, and shortened arms or legs.

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If the infection happens next in pregnancy, varicella is transmitted to the fetus, and the baby is born with varicella.

Chickenpox and a weakened immune system

The risks of catching chickenpox and complications are higher in people with a weakened immune system.

  • Is taking some medications
  • Has cancer
  • Radio- or chemotherapy
  • Chronic condition


A doctor will know whether a child and adult have chickenpox by looking and asking some questions. No medical tests are needed to aid in the diagnosis. In rare cases, chickenpox can be confused with some types of insect bites.


Skin medications can clear ringworm on your body and limbs in 2 to 5 weeks.

Suppose you’re experiencing dermatophytosis that isn’t responding to OTC treatments or home remedy or you assume tinea infection of the scalp or hair. In that case, your doctor prescribes antifungal pills to clear up the infection.

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