Getting The Pox: 10 Things That Happen When You Get Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common childhood infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus that affects mainly 80 to 90 million children worldwide, but adults can still get it too later in life. Thankfully, having a chickenpox builds up an immunity, so you won’t have to worry about getting it more than once.

Here are some of the chickenpox’s telltale symptoms, starting with the most common…

1. Rashes

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Rashes usually appear on the chest, back, face, and over the body, including the mouth. Over time these become blisters called vesicles, which are filled with liquid which causes the nerves to itch frequently, and after some time, these eventually scab over.

Not only does chickenpox cause these itchy rashes, it drains you out too…

2. Malaise 

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Along with the itchy red rashes comes the persistent feeling of weakness, causing more discomfort and unease.

Eventually, it develops into the following symptom…

3. Fever


People who get chickenpox often experience high fevers of over 101°–102°F. Sometimes, these fevers even precede other symptoms such as the rashes for about a day or two.

Having a healthy diet can make the pox go away in no time, but it’ll be tricky…

4. Appetite Loss

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One may notice that people with the pox don’t have their regular appetite. For one thing, the rashes inside the mouth could be to blame for this, as it makes eating and drinking difficult.

The effects of chickenpox ravage a bit down further…

5. Strep Throat

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A strep throat is when your throat becomes red, swollen, and sore. This infection is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria and children who get chickenpox often experience this. 

Having chickenpox as an adult can be more challenging…

6. Stomach Problems


People who get chickenpox, especially late in life, suffer some stomach problems along with other symptoms. However, if nausea and diarrhea are also present, it could be a case of the shingles.

For kids with the pox, they tend to be busy counting sheep more often…

7. Drowsiness


Children with chickenpox generally tend to doze off easily and sometimes even longer than they usually do. On the contrary, some people may have difficulty sleeping due to the intense itching.

The following symptom on the other hand, can disrupt sleep…

8. Breathing Problems


When breathing becomes strained during chickenpox, it could be a sign of complications. The NHS reports that about 5-14% of adults with chickenpox are at risk of developing lung disorders like pneumonia. 

Kids may find it difficult to move about when they have the pox…

9. Wobbly Feet


Apart from the general malaise, some children feel so weak from the effects of the pox that they find it difficult to move about or even stand on their feet. This could also indicate other problems or complications.

Chickenpox may sound non-threatening, but it can yield the unexpected…

10. Sepsis

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Chickenpox, while generally harmless, can still trigger serious health problems. For one thing, it can infect the bloodstream and send you to septic shock, which can be potentially fatal if not diagnosed immediately. So it’s important to seek immediate medical help when stranger symptoms occur.

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