Chicken Pox. Varicella.
CHICKEN POX is a contagious disease, associated with mild fever and a blister like eruption called blebs over the body.
Symptoms. The disease appears usually from two to three weeks after exposure of the child to some one else similarly affected. At first a mild fever and feeling of tiredness causes the patient to stay indoors, though intense pain in the head, back and legs with high temperature, vomiting and even delirium are not uncommon.
The eruption usually appears in one to three days and are small, watery blisters averaging one eighth of an inch in size. They are more numerous over the chest and trunk, occasionally over the face and forehead and even in the roof of the mouth. They do not have the so called shotty feeling when pressed to the bursting point under the finger as in smallpox, neither is the red blush around them so marked.
Unless scratched by the finger nails or a very severe case, very few scars will remain.
Treatment. The treatment is practically a mild diet for a few days, keeping the patient indoors to avoid exposure to cold or wet and some simple medicine as sweet spirits of nitre in dose of half a teaspoonful in water every three hours to allay fever and keep the kidneys working properly.
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