Google devoted a unique graphic doodle to Dr Michiaki Takahashi, who initially discovered the chickenpox vaccine on the 94th birthday of the Japanese virologist, designed by guest artist Tatsuro Kiuchi.

On this occasion, let us learn more about infectious infections, including symptoms, causes, risk factors, prevention, and treatment.

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What exactly is it, and what causes it?

Chickenpox is an illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus, according to When a person with chickenpox coughs or sneezes and inhale the air droplets, it might spread. It appears as a scaly rash with tiny, fluid-filled blisters. It is thought to be very infectious to persons who have never had the sickness or have not been immunised against it. “It causes an itchy skin rash known as a pleomorphic rash (which includes all stages of rash such as macular papules and vesicles) in adults and children.” “These rashes would appear all over the body, with the exception of the arms and legs, which are less impacted,” said Dr Vikrant Shah, consultant physician, intensivist, and infectious disease expert at Zen Multispeciality Hospital Chembur.

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Itchy blister rashes caused by chickenpox infection emerge 10 to 21 days after virus contact and typically persist five to ten days. Rashes, fever, sore throat, abdominal pain, blisters with liquid, weariness, itching, pain, burning of the skin, low appetite, blotchy skin, and headache are all red signs, according to Dr Shah.

Risk concerns

The condition is often mild in healthy youngsters, according to The rash can cover the entire body in extreme instances, and lesions can occur in the mouth, eyes, and mucous membranes of the urethra, anus, and vagina.

What should you do if you become infected?

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“You should not postpone therapy once you discover the symptoms,” Dr Shah recommended. Patients with chickenpox can assist avoid transmission by quarantining themselves at home until all blisters have dried and crusted over, according to Dr Dilip Gude, consultant physician at Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad.


There is a vaccination available to protect youngsters from chickenpox. Antiviral medications, according to Dr Shah, can aid patients suffering from chickenpox. You must be adequately hydrated. It is dangerous to self-medicate. Dr Gude believes that medications such as Acyclovir, Famciclovir, and Valacyclovir should be begun as soon as feasible to reduce viral replication. Topical Acyclovir may also be beneficial. Analgesics and antihistaminics may also be administered to relieve discomfort and itching.

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According to Dr Gude, the best approach to avoid chickenpox is to acquire the Varicella vaccination, which is completely safe. “Those who receive the chickenpox vaccination will not develop the disease.” And if kids catch chickenpox, the symptoms would be minor,” Dr Shah explained.


Dr Shah advises using a cold compress and bathing in lukewarm water. “Do not scrub or scrape the body too hard; use lotions or creams as directed by your doctor; prevent scratching; and do not pop blisters.” If you have chickenpox in your mouth, eat bland meals, drink plenty of water to minimise dehydration, and dress comfortably.”