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Chickenpox in adult. Side view of a woman with chickenpox. Spots or pustules (pox) can be seen on the jawbone and on the face near the hairline. There is white cream (probably calamine lotion) over the skin, to relieve the itchiness of the rash. Chicken pox (varicella) is a common child- hood disease that is rare and severe in adults. Two weeks after infection a rash (red, spots that blister) appears, this is accompanied by fever. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is spread via airborn droplets. Paracetamol is taken to relieve fever, in severe cases acyclovir ( an antiviral drug) is prescribed.
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