What is chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the herpes zoster virus, which causes fever and an itchy rash. It may be spread from the fluids from a chickenpox blister, or if someone with the disease coughs or sneezes near you. Symptoms are usually mild in children and may be more severe in adults. Chickenpox can affect all ages, but is most common in children.

What are the symptoms of chickenpox?

Frequent signs and symptoms of chickenpox include:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain or a general ill feeling that lasts 1 to 2 days
  • Itchy blisters that often start on the chest, stomach and back , and may spread to almost anywhere on the body including the scalp, genitals and face
  • Blisters collapse within 24 hours and form scabs. New crops of blisters erupt every 3 to 4 days
  • Adults may have other symptoms that resemble influenza

What is the treatment for chickenpox?

Visit Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens for a diagnosis of chickenpox by evaluating the appearance of the skin eruptions. Treatment is typically directed toward relieving symptoms. For relief of itching, use cool-water soaks or cool-water compresses. It is important not to scratch the skin, as this can lead to secondary infection. Most chickenpox will not leave scars unless they become infected with bacteria, usually from scratching.

Children usually recover from chickenpox in 7 to 10 days. Adults may take longer to heal.

A child with chickenpox should not return to school or play with other children until all chickenpox sores have crusted over or dried out. Adults should follow this same rule when considering when to return to work or be around others.

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.