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Chickenpox (Varicella) - Treatment Overview

Treatment for chickenpox depends on your age, your health, how long it's been since you were exposed to the virus, and your symptoms.

  • A healthy child with chickenpox may need only home treatment to help relieve itching and monitor fever. For more information, see Home Treatment.
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  • Healthy teens and adults with chickenpox usually have more severe symptoms than children and are at higher risk for complications than healthy children. If you are older than age 12, are pregnant, or have a weak immune system, your doctor may want to give you a medicine or vaccine that helps protect you from the virus. For more information, see Medications. Home treatment measures can also help to make you more comfortable.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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