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What is chickenpox?

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Chickenpox is a very contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It mainly affects kids, but adults can get it, too. The telltale sign of chickenpox is a super-itchy skin rash with red blisters. Over the course of several days, the blisters pop and start to leak. Then they crust and scab over before finally healing.

Symptoms appear within 10 to 21 days after you’ve been in contact with someone who has the virus. Most people recover in about 2 weeks.

From: What is Chickenpox? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox.”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox.”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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