It's a highly contagious common viral infection. The virus (varicella-zoster) belongs to the herpes family. A chicken pox infection is evident by a very itchy rash with small red bumps that blister, drain, and scab over. The good news is that most people only get it once.
Spring and fall often will have a peak in outbreaks.
In the United States, normally most chicken pox virus cases occur in the fifteen year old and under age group, with the majority occurring between five years old and nine years old. Additional information on this virus.
The mention of treatment for chicken pox, normally brings up the image of sores with calamine lotion dabs all over the body. That is one way of treating it; however, there are others. Read more about Treatment
The virus that causes chicken pox (varicella) also causes Shingles (zoster), which is the varicella-zoster virus. One of the differences between the two is that shingles commonly affects adults and not children.
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