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AFE101 ASSIGNMENT NAME: AGUNBIADE FEYISAYO ATTENDANCE NUMBER: 139 DEPARTMENT: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY COLLEGE: SOCIAL AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES DATE OF SUBMISSION: 13/12/2012 NAME OF DISEASE: CHIICKENPOX DESCRIPTION Chickenpox is also known as the varicella-zoster virus; it belongs to the herpes family of viruses. Despite the name, chickenpox is only carried, transmitted and contracted by humans. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS The most well-known symptom of chickenpox is a red, blistery rash that starts on the upper half of the body. Portions of the rash generally appear in waves, totaling 250 to 500 lesions. Blisters may appear anywhere on the body, including highly uncomfortable places such as the inside of the…show more content…
It has also been shown to provide some improvement in high–risk children with Varicella. TREATMENT Treatment involves keeping the person as comfortable as possible. Here are things to try: * Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy areas. Keep fingernails short to avoid damaging the skin from scratching. * Wear cool, light, loose bedclothes. Avoid wearing rough clothing, particularly wool, over an itchy area. * Take lukewarm baths using little soap and rinse thoroughly. Try a skin-soothing oatmeal or cornstarch bath. * Apply a soothing moisturizer after bathing to soften and cool the skin. * Avoid prolonged exposure to excessive heat and humidity. * Try over-the-counter oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but be aware of possible side effects such as drowsiness. * Try over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on itchy areas. Medications that fight the chickenpox virus are available but not given to everyone. To work well, the medicine usually must be started within the first 24 hours of the rash. * Antiviral medication is not usually prescribe to otherwise healthy children who do not have severe symptoms. Adults and teens, who are at risk for more severe symptoms, may benefit from antiviral medication if it is given early. * Antiviral medication may be very important in those who have skin conditions (such as eczema or recent sunburn), lung conditions (such as asthma), or
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