What is Chickenpox

Chicken pox is very common in young children under the age of 10, this condition is contagious and can spread like wild fire amongst the classroom. By a child having chicken pox when they are younger, their chances of getting it when they are older are greatly reduced.

Chicken pox appears on the skin as a red, blister filled with fluid. The chicken pox process will turn these blisters into a scab, which will eventually  heal and fall off. Children will tend to scratch the spots which appear all over the child’s body, the amount will vary among children (NHS, 2014). Children with chicken pox can be hard to cope with depending on the age as children under the age of five will be tempted to scratch. If children continually scratch their Chicken pox, it can leave a scar of where the mark was.

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Shingles

After your chicken pox has gone, the virus can stay dormant in your nerve cells and like a volcano it can activate at any time later on in the child’s life. This type of Chicken pox is known as Shingles. Once it activates, it will only affect half of your body (Kenny, 2014). Shingles is not as contagious like chicken pox, but if a child has never experienced chickenpox and comes into contact with someone who does, there is a chance they will develop chickenpox. The severity of Shingles can be very mild in the form of spots to the severity of blisters on the affected area.

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