Chickenpox

Chickenpox is an infection caused due to the varicella-zoster virus. It affects kids as well as adults also, and it results in skin rashes with red itchy blisters. This infection spreads by breathing in the particles infected with the varicella-zoster virus. Varicella vaccine helps to prevent the spread of this infection.

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What are the red spots or pimples all over my body?

Query: Hi, I got red spots or pimples all over my body in last two days. I tried taking Paracetamol but its still worse. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your description suggests that you have got Varicella infection, widely known as chickenpox. It is a viral infection caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus. The anti-viral medication should be started within three days to control the spread an...  Read Full »

How to recover fast from chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from chickenpox for the past five days. Now, the blisters have become blackish. What shall I do for a fast recovery?  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chickenpox is a self-resolvable condition. Make sure to decontaminate the bedding and clothing as falling of blisters results in virus dissemination. For itching, apply antihistamine lotions like Caladryl (Calamine with Diphenhydramine). If you have children at home, ma...  Read Full »

Is it safe to breastfeed two weeks after chicken pox?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been 16 days since my sister was diagnosed with chickenpox. All the scabs have vanished. She had temporarily stopped breastfeeding her six-month-old baby. Can she start feeding the baby again?  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, she can start feeding her baby again, as she no longer carries the infection.   Read Full »

How to treat skin infection due to chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor, What are the treatments available for chickenpox in an adult and secondary bacterial infection of the skin due to chicken pox?  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Treatment for chickenpox in adults is tablet Acyclovir 800 mg five times a day for seven days. For secondary bacterial infection, you can apply Soframycin (Framycetin) ointment over the skin lesions three times a day for one week. You can also take some antihistaminic...  Read Full »

How to safeguard rest of the family from chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother is suffering from chickenpox. What can I do to prevent it from spreading to my family members? What type of diet can he take? He is a 10 year old boy whose weight is 51 kg.  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In case all of your family members have got full blown chickenpox earlier, there is nothing to worry about. Otherwise, you need to keep your brother in a separate room until all his lesions have crusted. Wash all his utensils and clothes separately in hot water. He ca...  Read Full »

I got chickenpox when I was a kid, but I got it again now. What medications should I use?

Query: Hello doctor, I got chickenpox when I was a kid, but I got it again now. I have been using Calamine lotion for rashes and antihistamines for itchiness. Could you suggest me some medications for it? What kind of medications will I have to take, and for how many days? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. First of all, I would like to ask you if you are sure it is chickenpox because you get chickenpox only once in your life. If you had chickenpox in childhood, it is less likely that it is chickenpox again. Mayb...  Read Full »

I have a lesion that spreads from the arms to stomach and back. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, It started with a burning sensation on my neck, and then I have noticed red dots in the inner side of my arms. Then it spread to my stomach and back. They itch sometimes. I have a previous history of psoriasis on my knees, but this is different. I also had shingles when I was seven years...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your given history. Your case looks like guttate psoriasis. This type of psoriasis occurs in individuals with plaque psoriasis and develops the sudden appearance of an outbreak of red...  Read Full »

How to know if my 6-year-old child has chickenpox?

Query: Hello doctor, My 6-year-old child is having itchy skin rashes. How to know if it is chickenpox? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern.It is one of the common viral infections. There is nothing to worry about.Chickenpox usually starts on the chest, back, trunk, face, mouth and then spreads to the legs, including the groin, private areas, and arm. It starts from the center and r...  Read Full »

How can I avoid scars formed from chickenpox?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 34 year old female. It started with two days of fever and body pain. I developed blisters and spots. My doctor diagnosed it as chickenpox. I have a few red spots and blisters on my face. I am taking Acivir 400 DT thrice, Azithromycin once daily and Cetirizine 10. I am also applying...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chickenpox or varicella is a viral infection and if not treated correctly leads to complications. From your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the diagnosis looks to be so. There are some necessary precautions that you need to take so that th...  Read Full »

My wife got chickenpox during pregnancy. What are the risks?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife is 7 months pregnant. We found red rashes on her body two days back. Today, two of them found as blisters. We met the doctor and she said it as chickenpox. Can you advise the precautions we need to take? Also, what are the risks associated with this? She is currently on Amoxicilli...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances are good that your baby would be fine. If you get chickenpox during the first or second trimester, then there is a slight risk (less than 2 percent) that your baby could get congenital varicella syndrome. The risk is highest if you are infected between w...  Read Full »

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