Chickenpox is extremely contagious. Keep your child home until all of the blisters are dry and scabs have fallen off.
Most cases of chickenpox require little or no treatment beyond treating the symptoms.
The prescription drug Zovirax (acyclovir) is helpful in shortening the duration of chickenpox symptoms if given within a day of their appearance. Most experts agree that this drug and those like it should be used for children with chickenpox infections that involve the lungs and/or brain. For less...
A fever of more than
102�F (38.9�C) that lasts
longer than 2 days
Severe itching that cannot be relieved by home
Chickenpox rash on the eyeball
A rash that
lasts longer than 2 weeks
If you are older than age 12 and have not had chickenpox or
don't know if you have had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, call your
doctor if you have been in contact with someone who has chickenpox. This is
especially important for pregnant women and for people with
impaired immune systems, no matter what age they are.
If you or your child has chickenpox, call your doctor to make an appointment and to discuss whether you should
take any precautions when you arrive to avoid spreading the infection. For
example, office staff may take you directly to an exam room upon your
arrival rather than have you wait in the lobby.
Who to see
following health professionals can diagnose and treat chickenpox:
If severe complications develop, you may be
referred to a specialist. For example, you may see a
pulmonologist for lung problems. But most healthy
children and adults do not develop serious complications from