chickenpox (varicella) depends on a person's age,
health, and severity of the illness.
Healthy children with chickenpox may need only
home treatment. This includes taking acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or
ibuprofen (such as Advil) to reduce fever and discomfort. Follow the package instructions carefully. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor?s advice about what amount to give. (Do not give aspirin to people younger than 20 because of the risk of
Healthy teens and
adults with chickenpox usually have more severe symptoms than children and are
at higher risk for complications than children. Still, most need only home
treatment. All teens and adults with chickenpox should call the doctor. Some may need hospital care.
Pregnant women and
immune system problems are at increased risk for
complications. They should call the doctor right away if they
suspect they have chickenpox.
Getting a shot of chickenpox
antibodies may help delay or prevent a person from
having chickenpox. And sometimes
antiviral medicines are given to shorten the length of
If you have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox
vaccine and you think you've been exposed to the virus, you may be able to get
chickenpox vaccine(What is a PDF document?). This may prevent you from having the illness or make the
illness milder. It is recommended that the vaccine be given within 3 days after
exposure to chickenpox. If you can't get the shot within 3 days, getting it up
to 120 hours (5 days) after exposure may still help.2