Unusual chickenpox symptoms to watch out for – Irritability and cold feet

Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, but you can get it at any age. Irritability is a lesser-known early sign of the condition

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Irritability can be a sign of chickenpox in children

Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

It causes an itchy rash with small, fluid-filled blisters.

The condition is highly contagious to people who have not had the disease.

If you think you or your child may have chickenpox, call your doctor.

He or she can usually diagnose chickenpox by examining the rash and looking at other symptoms.

Your doctor may also prescribe medications to reduce the severity of chickenpox and to treat complications if needed.

Doctor Tariq Mahmood, Medical Director at Concepto Diagnostics, said: “There are an estimated 651,000 cases of chickenpox in England and Wales each year, resulting in 384,000 doctor visits, 2,200 hospitalizations and 20 deaths.







Chickenpox infection can range from mild to severe, with an average of 20 deaths per year in England and Wales
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“Ensuring your child is vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from chickenpox, since routinely vaccinating 11-year-olds with an 80% immunization rate reduces chickenpox cases by two million.”

He continued: “Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that almost 98% of people are fully protected from the disease after receiving both recommended doses of the vaccine.

“It’s also wise to educate yourself about the early warning signs of chickenpox so you know what to do if you think your child may have chickenpox.”

Chickenpox Symptoms

When asked how the condition is developing, Dr. Mahmood: “Chickenpox is known to come in three stages: small patches, blisters and scabs.

“Other symptoms such as high temperature, loss of appetite, pain, malaise, headache and fatigue are also associated with the disease and may appear a day or two before the rash appears.

“A lesser-known early warning sign of chickenpox in children is irritability.

“Like an adult, any combination of the previous symptoms is bound to leave you feeling a little irritated.”

But you shouldn’t immediately jump to chickenpox if your child throws a tantrum and is acting irritable.

Rather, the rash should be the key indicator, and it will most likely first appear on your child’s back, chest, or face.

“It’s worth keeping a close eye on these areas if you suspect your child is also showing symptoms of chickenpox,” says the expert.

“Other unusual symptoms include cold feet, hands, difficulty breathing, or few wet diapers.”







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How to treat chickenpox at home

For most children, chickenpox is a common illness and most recover quickly with home treatments.

The NHS lists the top tips for people suffering from chickenpox, including:

  • Drink plenty of fluids (try popsicles if your child isn’t drinking) to avoid dehydration
  • Take acetaminophen to help with pain and discomfort
  • Cut your child’s fingernails at night and put socks on them to keep them from scratching
  • Use cooling creams or gels from the pharmacy
  • Talk to a pharmacist about using antihistamines to relieve itching
  • Soak in cold water and pat skin dry (do not rub)
  • Dress casually.

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