These are most likely to appear on the face, ears and scalp, under the arms, on the chest and belly, and on the arms and legs. Read more about the symptoms of chickenpox. Read more about the causes of chickenpox. Chickenpox is most common in children under the age of Read more about what you need to do to stop chickenpox spreading.
Symptoms of Chickenpox
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Back to Health A to Z. Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself after 1 to 2 weeks without needing to see a GP. Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults. You'll need to stay away from school, nursery or work until all the spots have crusted over. Find out about using the NHS during coronavirus.
Chickenpox in Adults: A Higher Risk of Complications
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus VZV. It's characterized by the outbreak of a blister-like rash that appears first on the face and trunk, and then quickly spreads over the body. While many can easily identify or suspect a case, perhaps because of known exposure or knowledge of what chickenpox looks like, reviewing pictures of chickenpox in its various stages can offer a sense of how the rash will progress—and help you know when you're least likely to pass the virus on to someone else. From the time symptoms first appear, it usually takes a week or two for the immune system to bring the chickenpox infection under control. While there is a vaccine able to prevent chickenpox, there is no cure, and the varicella-zoster virus is easily spread from person to person.
Adults are 25 times more likely to die from chickenpox than children. Chickenpox may cause complications such as pneumonia or, rarely, an inflammation of the brain encephalitis , both of which can be serious. Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus. Years or even decades later, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles. There is a separate vaccine to help keep the virus from reactivating and causing shingles which is recommended for adults age 50 years or older.