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Chickenpox: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment in India

Updated on June 1, 2016

Visit Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad for Proper Diagnosis of Chickenpox

Rising Temperatures and the Threat of Disease

When the temperature rose in 2014 in Central and South India, doctors were busy attending to patients suffering from fever, stomach ailments, viral infections, dengue, chickenpox and conjunctivitis, says an article published in Skymet Weather Wise. Along with rising temperatures, the Indian summer also brings increased chances of health issues, most common being the flu and dehydration.

Atmospheric climate change has resulted in a growing number of extreme weather events, including heat waves and prolonged drought. With this, the shift in weather conditions has led to a rise in infections of salmonella and cholera due to contaminated food and water, says an article published in ThinkProgress.Org in August 2015.

Since children have a weaker immune system, they are more prone to falling ill in extreme weather conditions. Some of the common diseases occurring in the summer months are Chickenpox, Measles, Typhoid, Jaundice and Mumps. If your child is susceptible to health issues, you must visit a children’s hospital in Hyderabad.

Chickenpox: The Dreaded Viral Disease

Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by a virus named varicella zoster. It spreads through the air (when an infected person sneezes or coughs), when a caregiver comes in contact with the rashes of the infected person, by touching or using the same objects as the infected person (like towels) or through physical contact with the infected person.

This disease manifests itself in itchy red boils or rashes all over the body. It is common in children aged 5 to 12 years. Some of the first symptoms of the disease are fever, headache and sore throat. Boils and rashes appear a day or two after the primary symptoms. It may also be accompanied by dehydration, fatigue and loss of appetite. The boils or blisters erupt two days after appearing and the scab falls off once dry.

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your child, you can visit a children’s hospital in Hyderabad for proper diagnosis. A visual examination by a doctor helps. In some cases, the doctor may recommend laboratory tests.

Prevention and Precaution

One of the best ways to prevent this disease is through vaccination. Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad recommends the first shot of chickenpox vaccine at 15 months and the second shot at 3 years of age.

Other precautions that you may take is washing hands after visiting a crowded place and staying away from an infected person. You can also include summer special fruits and vegetable like cucumber and watermelon in your diet. These are known to help fight chickenpox, says an article published in The Hans India in April 2015.

If you have been diagnosed with the disease, it’s a must to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Avoid spicy and oily food. Infected persons must be kept in isolation, to prevent the infection from spreading. Apply moisturizing lotion is also recommended, as the skin tends to itch more when it dry. Proper rest will help you recover faster.

Treatment

Although chickenpox stays in the body for about two weeks, doctors may prescribe medicines to relieve symptoms, which may include antiviral drugs and antihistamine, says an article published in The Health Site. It is a good idea to visit a children’s hospital in Hyderabad for the treatment of your kid. A child’s body is different from an adult’s and may needs different treatment; and the pediatrician would know what course of action to take. Moreover, they are better able to understand and communicate with children. In addition to trained staff, a children’s hospital also offers equipment, facilities and infrastructure that are tailor-made to fit the needs of a child.

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