Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection characterised by an itchy rash and red spots or blisters all over the body. It’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

You might have chickenpox if you have:

Itchy rash with red spots or blisters
Fever (temperature of 38c or above)
Flu-like symptoms
  • Close contact with an infected person
  • Breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person
  • Itchy rash with red spots or blisters
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms such as headache and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the infection
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers to reduce fever and discomfort
  • Apply calamine lotion to soothe itching
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid scratching the rash to prevent infection and scarring
A little girl sits up in bed hugging her teddy bear with a clear chickenpox rash on her face

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