Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral illness, which in children is usually a fairly mild illness producing a temperature, cough and an itchy rash. Most children miss a week or so of school and quickly return to normal good health. Serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis are uncommon. Once infected children have lifelong immunity.
Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. Chickenpox is a common childhood disease. It causes an itchy, blistering rash and is easily spread to others. Until the varicella vaccine was licensed in , chickenpox infection was very common. Almost everyone had been infected as a child. Now a vaccine is available to prevent chickenpox.
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
How to Pronounce Varicella media icon [MP3]. Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus VZV. It causes an itchy, blister-like rash.