Individual results may vary
 

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is contagious which can spread to other individuals if contact is made, thus, prevention is important. It takes 1 to 2 days for chickenpox symptoms to spread before the appearance of red blisters, which become flaky after 5 to 6 days. 

 


 Individual results may vary

Preventative Measures
• Avoid spreading the contagious virus to other people, especially to children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with poor immunity.

• Immediately stop working to minimise the potential of spreading the contagious virus.

• Visit a General Practitioner (GP) within 24 to 48 hours after first noticing the symptoms.

• Do not scratch because this may lead to scarring.

• Take painkillers if pain or fever is present.

• Clean the blisters to prevent recurrent infections of the virus, which could cause inflammation.

• Apply a natural moisturiser to sooth the skin after bathing.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes to prevent scratching.

Another effective method of prevention is to seek chickenpox immunisation through a vaccine. Vaccination is highly recommended to individuals with low immunity, children, pregnant women and the elderly. 

 

Article By
Dr Wutinan Sithipolvanichgul, M.D.
BSL Clinic’s Dermatologist