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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chickenpox, varicellanoun

    an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body

Wiktionary

  1. chickenpoxnoun

    A common childhood disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. The Chickenpoxnoun

    An exanthematous distemper, so called from its being of no very great danger.

Wikipedia

  1. Chickenpox

    Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV). The disease results in a characteristic skin rash that forms small, itchy blisters, which eventually scab over. It usually starts on the chest, back, and face. It then spreads to the rest of the body. The rash and other symptoms, such as fever, tiredness, and headaches, usually last five to seven days. Complications may occasionally include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and bacterial skin infections. The disease is usually more severe in adults than in children.Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily from one person to the next through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. The incubation period is 10 to 21 days, after which the characteristic rash appears. It may be spread from one to two days before the rash appears until all lesions have crusted over. It may also spread through contact with the blisters. Those with shingles may spread chickenpox to those who are not immune through contact with the blisters. The disease can usually be diagnosed based on the presenting symptom; however, in unusual cases it may be confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of the blister fluid or scabs. Testing for antibodies may be done to determine if a person is immune. People usually only get chickenpox once. Although reinfections by the virus occur, these reinfections usually do not cause any symptoms.Since its introduction in 1995, the varicella vaccine has resulted in a decrease in the number of cases and complications from the disease. It protects about 70 to 90 percent of people from disease with a greater benefit for severe disease. Routine immunization of children is recommended in many countries. Immunization within three days of exposure may improve outcomes in children. Treatment of those infected may include calamine lotion to help with itching, keeping the fingernails short to decrease injury from scratching, and the use of paracetamol (acetaminophen) to help with fevers. For those at increased risk of complications, antiviral medication such as aciclovir are recommended.Chickenpox occurs in all parts of the world. In 2013 there were 140 million cases of chickenpox and shingles worldwide. Before routine immunization the number of cases occurring each year was similar to the number of people born. Since immunization the number of infections in the United States has decreased nearly 90%. In 2015 chickenpox resulted in 6,400 deaths globally – down from 8,900 in 1990. Death occurs in about 1 per 60,000 cases. Chickenpox was not separated from smallpox until the late 19th century. In 1888 its connection to shingles was determined. The first documented use of the term chicken pox was in 1658. Various explanations have been suggested for the use of "chicken" in the name, one being the relative mildness of the disease.

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  1. chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection, prevalent among children, caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is characterized by the appearance of itchy, blister-like rashes covering the body, along with symptoms such as fever, tiredness, and headache. After the disease, the virus stays dormant in the body and can reactivate later in life causing shingles. Vaccination is available against chickenpox.

Wikidata

  1. Chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus. It usually starts with vesicular skin rash mainly on the body and head rather than at the periphery and becomes itchy, raw pockmarks, which mostly heal without scarring. On examination, the observer typically finds skin lesions at various stages of healing and also ulcers in the oral cavity & tonsil areas. Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily through coughing or sneezing of ill individuals or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. A person with chickenpox is infectious one to two days before the rash appears. They remain contagious until all lesions have crusted over. Immunocompromised patients are contagious during the entire period as new lesions keep appearing. Crusted lesions are not contagious. Chickenpox has been observed in other primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas. There are several theories regarding the origin of the term chicken pox. It is often stated to be a modification of chickpeas, or due to the rash resembling chicken pecks. Other theories include the designation chicken for a child or a corruption of itching-pox. Samuel Johnson explained the designation as "from its being of no very great danger."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chickenpox

    A highly contagious infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (HERPESVIRUS 3, HUMAN). It usually affects children, is spread by direct contact or respiratory route via droplet nuclei, and is characterized by the appearance on the skin and mucous membranes of successive crops of typical pruritic vesicular lesions that are easily broken and become scabbed. Chickenpox is relatively benign in children, but may be complicated by pneumonia and encephalitis in adults. (From Dorland, 27th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chickenpox in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chickenpox in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of chickenpox in a Sentence

  1. Christina Wojewada:

    The lesions themselves can get confused with the lesions of herpes or chickenpox, or syphilis, and so sexually transmitted disease clinics might be seeing more of these patients for that, because they can present similarly to those diseases, so, I think it's important both for patients and clinicians to give a full history of your potential exposures so that, if appropriate, testing for monkeypox can be performed.

  2. United States:

    Over 50 million doses have been distributed, and this rare side effect has only been described in a handful of cases, in contrast, meningitis is a well-known complication of chickenpox and pose a far greater risk to children.

  3. Northern Kentucky:

    Encouraging the spread of an acute infectious disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors, and unsuspecting members of the general public, a person who has contracted chickenpox can be infectious for up to 2 days before experiencing the rash that is associated with the virus.

  4. Robert Frenck:

    You can get any vaccines together that's necessary, the only restrictions is if we have live viral vaccines, like with chickenpox and measles, if they don't get those on the same day we'd like to space them at least a month apart. But for the Covid vaccines, they can be given with the flu vaccine.

  5. John Brooks:

    In some cases, it has produced anal or genital lesions that look like other diseases like herpes or chickenpox or syphilis.

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