Is Chickenpox A Communicable Disease? | Acyclovir Dose For Chickenpox

Yes, chickenpox is communicable, but it’s curable and treatable.

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, occurs by itchy red spots seen all over the body. It is the main cause of the virus. And mainly affected in the childhood ages.

It is rare nowadays. The chickenpox vaccine was established in 1995 in the united states.

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Symptoms of chickenpox

Chickenpox is the most common disease in childhood ages.

  • Itchy red spots are the most common symptom of chickenpox.
  • Chickenpox spread in your body around 7 to 21 days before
    any symptoms.
  • The non-itchy spots symptoms like fever, headache, loss
    of food desire.

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How to spread chickenpox

Chickenpox is a communicable disease. Chickenpox spread in three phases:

  • You spread red or pink spots on all parts of your body. The spots become filled with water.
  • Then, lastly, the spots layer is hard to use for recovery.
  • When the spots layer is hard, it is a cure and recovers chickenpox.

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Causes of chickenpox

varicella-zoster virus is the main cause of chickenpox. This virus spreads in your body within two days before seen of red spots. It can also spread by droplet infection with cough and cold.

Chickenpox can spread through saliva, coughing, sneezing, and contact with chickenpox infected person.

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Transmission

Chickenpox is the most common infectious disease. People who have not to occur chicken pox any time, have never been vaccinated, and have low immunity are at the risk of spreading infection. 

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Chickenpox transmission through droplet infections like sneezing and coughing.

Chickenpox is more people in causing agent is known as shingles or herpes zoster.

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Complications

when the occurrence of chickenpox is in many complications including. Skin infection like softening of tissue, bones, joints. Then, dehydration, pneumonia.

Brain disorders like c

Then, a life-threatening condition in children who taken aspirin during chickenpox.

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Diagnosis of chickenpox

when a new spread of red spots, you should call your doctor.

A doctor can usually see red spots by examination and considering other symptoms.

Let your doctor has seen which area is in red spots and bacterial infection.

Then check your vital sign, is in infected so, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and high fever.

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Treatment

Chickenpox is not a cure for the disease but generally recovers within a week without treatment.

A doctor takes medicine to reduce the symptoms of itching and also prevent infection.

The following treatments may symptoms:

Pain-relieving drugs: acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help reduce symptoms when a person has chickenpox. Then aspirin helps recover  chickenpox. Then avoid ibuprofen when the increased risk of body.

Avoiding dehydration:- most important, drink water or fluids to prevent dehydration.

Sugar-free food:- it is helpful when sore in the mouth. Avoid spicy foods. When chewing problems, soup is the best option for your body.

Reducing itchiness:- when the itching becomes severe, you can apply ointments, a cool bath, or oral tablets.
A doctor may take antiviral medicine during pregnancy for adults.

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Acyclovir Dose For Chickenpox

Acyclovir medicine is useful to treat chickenpox. It is working within 24 hours of developing symptoms.

Chickenpox dosage: Take 800 mg four times per day for five days. Drug start can occur before the symptoms appear. The drug is affected in your body within 24 hours.

Chickenpox dosage for children:
Children who weigh 40 kg or less: 20 mg/kg of body weight, given four times per day within five days.

Children more than 40 kg: 800 mg of dose four times within five days.

 

Preventions

  • Chickenpox is no cure, but a vaccine is used for prevention.
  • Avoid close contact when people are affected by chickenpox.
  • Avoid sharing objects with an infected person.
  • Wash and clean areas or surfaces when the person may have touched them.

Immunization

Chickenpox vaccines are two types

Varivax: it only contains chickenpox vaccine .child can two shots, the first dose between 12-15 months of age.

And the second dose is between 4-6 years. It is used in adolescents and adults.

proQuad: it is a combined vaccine, also contains measles, mumps, and rubella(MMRV).
Children gt vaccine-like same as varivax, but it can get to 12 months and age 12.

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Chickenpox and pregnancy

When people are pregnant, they have risks of pneumonia develop chickenpox. It is also affected the fetus.

Chickenpox infection occurs during 20 weeks of pregnancy. And the virus can spread in the fetus, so the baby can be born infected.
If people become exposed to viruses during pregnancy, so immediately call the doctor.

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shingles VS chickenpox

In some cases, a doctor may think a person has shingles and not chickenpox.

When the person has recovered from chickenpox, later in life, low immunity affects the virus as shingles. However, people can be infected to others with chickenpox if people have not already had the illness, are not vaccinated.

Shingles symptoms

  • Shingles affected people are nervous and most worried about the red patch of raised dots.
  • The spots may be itchy. When people are affected by shingles, they may also get fever or headache. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach.

Conclusion

chickenpox is a communicable disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that causes highly itchy spots.
They may be more serious symptoms and complications. The vaccine prevents about 90% of infections in us.

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