What is the Chicken pox? • Chickenpox is a viral infection in which a person develops extremely itchy blisters all over the body. • It is extremely common in children under 12. • Once you have it, the virus remains dormant.
Signs and Symptoms • a red, itchy skin rash and insect-like bites that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body. • Flu-like symptoms: high fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache.
Causes / how it spreads • Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpesvirus family. • You may get chickenpox from touching the fluids from a chickenpox blister, or if someone with the disease coughs or sneezes near you. • A person with chickenpox become contagious 1 to 2 days before their blisters appear and lasts until all the blisters have crusted over.
Treatments / Remedy: • Vaccine: a vaccine can be given to a child. 85% effective. • Antibiotics can be given to a child if his/her sores become infected. • In the end, time is the only thing that fully cures it. • Ways to help make illness more comfortable: • calamine lotion • oatmeal or warm baths • Bland food if pox are in the mouth • NEVER USE ASPRIN!: Use of aspirin while having chicken pox has been associated with a serious condition called Reyes Syndrome.
What to do as a teacher to prevent and handle chicken pox in the classroom: • If an outbreak occurs, have all children checked for symptoms. • Remind parents to have their child vaccinated. • Make sure the child with chickenpox be kept out of school until all blisters have dried, usually about 1 week. • make sure your students wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom.
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