Chickenpox is a disease that is caused by a virus known as the VZV or varicella-zoster virus. It is highly contagious, spreading from one person to another through sneezes and coughs. Although chickenpox is common in children, it can also affect adults. Once you are infected with the virus, you will acquire a lifelong immunity from this disease. The most obvious symptoms of the chicken pox are the itchy rashes that will develop all over the patient’s body. Here are 10 most common signs and symptoms of chicken pox.
Spots are the most common symptom of chicken pox and they are the earliest signs to appear as well. The rashes will generally come in the form of elevated spots that have no visible fluid in them. These red or pink spots are very itchy and will normally start on the back and chest area. They will eventually spread all over the body, including the face and neck.
The spots will not be in the same phase at all times. New bumps will continuously appear as the patient battles with the disease, although they will generally last for only a month. However, the infectious phase will last for 1 – 2 weeks.