SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Only for use to illustrate chicken pox.
Two-year-old boy with chickenpox (varicella) playing with dough. Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease, caused by a herpesvirus that is transmitted by airborne droplets. Following a mild fever, an itchy rash breaks out that develops into blisters and then scabs. Treatment includes the use of general painkillers such as paracetamol for fever and the application of calamine lotion to alleviate itchiness of the skin. Chickenpox is rare in adults, since an infection in childhood generally confers life-long immunity.
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