Chickenpox consists of an itchy, red rash that breaks out on the face, scalp, chest, back and, to a lesser extent, arms and legs. The spots quickly fill with a clear fluid, rupture and then turn crusty. Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes an itchy rash with small, fluid-filled blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious to people who haven't had the disease or been vaccinated against it. Today, a vaccine is available that protects children against chickenpox.
Chickenpox in Adults & Teenagers | Shingles | Symptoms, Causes and Treatment | Patient
Medically reviewed by Carmen Fookes, BPharm. Last updated on Jan 28, Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral disease that can be easily caught by direct or indirect contact with chickenpox blisters, or by breathing in infectious droplets released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus VZV , the same virus that causes Shingles. VZV is one of eight herpes viruses known to infect humans.
Chickenpox in Adults and Teenagers
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 Read more about what you need to do to stop chickenpox spreading.
Please understand that our phone lines must be clear for urgent medical care needs. When this changes, we will update this web site. Please know that our vaccine supply is extremely small.