Thursday, May 7, 2015

Chicken Pox!


Hi guys! So, I wasn't able to update my blog for few weeks now. I got a chicken pox and I was very sick for a couple of days. I got a very high fever and I can barely move because of the chicken pox all over my body. Trying to avoid it being popped. Right now I'm on the healing stage already and just waiting for the scars to fade.

PS: Please excuse my skinny body specially those rib lines x_x thank you.

Anyway, base on wikipedia. A chicken pox is...
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 blisters, is itchy, and eventually scabs over. It usually starts on the face, chest, and back and then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include fever, feeling tired, and headaches. Symptoms usually last five to ten days. Complications may occasionally include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, or bacterial infections of the skin among others. The disease is often more severe in adults than children. Symptoms begin ten to twenty one days after exposure to the virus.
Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. 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 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 or is not immune. People usually only get the disease once.
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 aciclovirare recommended.
Chickenpox occurs in all parts of the world. 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 2013 chickenpox resulted in 7,000 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 1684. Why this term was used is not clear but it may be due to it being a relatively mild disease.
So there, hope you understand. :) I'm healing already and I hope it will be fast. I'm close to two weeks already. A lot shorter than with my co-worker. She said it took her 1 month before she has fully recovered. Hopefully mine won't go farther than two weeks so I can get back to work already.

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