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How Do I Know If My Kids Have Chickenpox?

While most of our focus this time of year is around preventing the common cold, flu or strep throat, there is also another virus we need to watch out for, especially among children—the chickenpox.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford want you to know the symptoms to watch out for when it comes to the chickenpox so that you can seek medical attention as soon as possible, especially since the chickenpox is extremely contagious.

How Contagious Is Chickenpox?

While chickenpox is a lot less common than it was decades ago before the chickenpox vaccine, it does still crop up occasionally. And when it does, it is very contagious.

The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person in multiple ways, including contact with chickenpox blisters or the saliva or mucus of someone who is infected. It can also become airborne, passing in much the same way as the common cold or the flu.

Chickenpox Symptoms

  • Blisters
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Scabs
  • Ulcers
  • Red spots
  • Fatigue

Will My Chickenpox Scab and Stick Around Forever?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately 4 million Americans get chickenpox every year. While the virus usually causes blisters that appear and scab over in around 10 to 14 days, there are some chickenpox marks that can last for up to one year.

Your best defense against the chickenpox and its related effects is the chickenpox vaccine. If you do somehow end up with chickenpox, you can take steps to find relief as quickly as possible.

Chickenpox Treatment

  • Apply calamine lotion to spots.
  • Take medications as prescribed by a physician.
  • Wear mittens to keep from scratching.
  • Apply moisturizer to skin.
  • Soak in a lukewarm oatmeal bath.
  • Eat sugar-free popsicles to soothe throat.

Do you think your child might be starting to experience the symptoms of chickenpox? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!