Enjoy this chickenpox animation video! Learn about chickenpox treatments, rashes, vaccines, preventions, and more!
1) Chickenpox is highly contagious
Chickenpox is highly contagious. Most people are contagious a day before symptoms appear, and remain contagious as long as symptoms persist, which generally takes about a week. Luckily, because the only people at risk of contracting chickenpox are those who have never had it before, the pool of possible infectees is significantly lower than with other conditions. This means that people with chickenpox can still be around people who have already had chickenpox, which includes the majority of the population. However, infected people should avoid public areas, and be careful to keep their distance from those who have never been infected.
2) Immunity occurs after being infected once
Immunity occurs. If you get chickenpox, you never have to worry about getting it again! It usually only occurs once, and after that, you’re immune. Cases do exist where patients have had two or more instances of chickenpox, but they are rare. However, this doesn’t mean that you should try to get chickenpox early so you never have to deal with it again. Once you’ve had chickenpox, you become susceptible to shingles, a far more serious condition that can lead to complications.
3) You should not use Aspirin for chickenpox
You should not use Aspirin on children to treat chickenpox or the flu. Even though Aspirin is approved for use in children older than 2 years old, use with chickenpox or the flu can increase the risk of developing a serious condition known as Reye’s syndrome. Reye’s syndrome can damage important organs like the brain or liver, and can even be fatal. So instead of Aspirin, use drugs that have acetaminophen in them, like Tylenol.
4) Chickenpox can be dangerous to pregnant women
Chickenpox is dangerous to pregnant women, and to their unborn babies. If a pregnant women develops chickenpox, chances of birth defects significantly increase, and the virus may even be passed on to the baby, which can cause serious complications. Miscarriages can also occur.
5) Symptoms take time to appear
Symptoms of chickenpox appear late. When someone is exposed to the virus that causes chickenpox, it can take up to three weeks for symptoms to appear.
6) Chickenpox is more serious in adults than in children
Chickenpox is a much more serious condition in adults than in children. When a child contracts chickenpox, it’s usually more of a nuisance than anything. When an adult contracts chickenpox however, chances of complications like pneumonia or meningitis increase significantly.
7) Usually not a serious condition
Chickenpox is usually not a serious condition. Most cases are more of a nuisance than anything, and blow over within a week. There can, however, be serious complications including dehydration, pneumonia, infections, or toxic shock syndrome, just to name a few. Those most at risk of developing complications are infants, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems.
8) A vaccine exists
A chickenpox vaccine exists, and it is strongly encouraged. The chickenpox vaccine has a success rate of over 80%. That means that 20% of people who get the vaccine are not immunized, but if they ever develop chickenpox, their case will be noticeably more mild than most. If you’ve been exposed to the chickenpox virus, you can still get vaccinated within 72 hours, and prevent the condition from developing.
9) Can be contracted during vaccination
You can contract chickenpox during vaccination. Such cases, however, are incredibly rare. The chickenpox vaccine is what we call a live vaccine, which means that the virus that causes chickenpox has been altered or weakened, and included in the vaccine. Again, contracting chickenpox from the vaccine is incredibly rare. Those who do develop it as a result of vaccination experience a milder version of chickenpox that is generally less painful and quicker.
10) You can catch it from shingles
You can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles. Shingles is a condition that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. However, in order to get shingles, you must already have had chickenpox. So if you haven’t had chickenpox, and are exposed to the shingles virus, which again, is also the chickenpox virus, you can develop chickenpox.