Chicken pox

What is Chicken Pox?

Chicken pox is a mild but highly contagious illness that is common in children. The disease causes a rash of red extremely itchy spots that develop all over the face and body. The virus is spread in the same way as colds and flu — by direct contact with an infected person; by breathing in airborne cough and sneezing germs; and by touching surfaces and objects that the virus has been transferred to.

Symptom summary

  • Chills
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Itchy red ‘pimples’ that blister and develop crusts

Prevention tips


  • You cannot bathe a child with chicken pox — because wind will enter their body through the blisters and cause rheumatism in old age…

    It is perfectly fine to wash your sick child. But dab them dry with a towel rather than rubbing them — you don’t want to break the lesions and encourage infection.

  • You shouldn’t eat chicken, prawns or crabs because those foods are poisonous and will make the spots very itchy…

    There is no medical evidence that eating these foods interferes with the healing process. And, sadly, chicken pox is itchy whatever you eat!

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Nguồn y tế: Cơ quan Y tế Anh  British Health Authority
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