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