The onset of chickenpox usually starts with an extremely itchy blister-like rash. The rash may first appear on the face, chest and back before spreading to other parts of the body. Other symptoms to look out for are: • A general feeling of being unwell• Fever• Aching muscles• Loss of appetite• Nausea
It spreads very easily and commonly from touching something or someone who has been infected with the virus particles. You may also catch it by breathing in air that’s tainted with the virus-like being in very close proximity to someone who is infected or just by having a conversation with the individual. It most contagious about one to two days before the rash actually appears.
In children, the condition typically lasts between seven to ten days, and they can resume activities like school after the period. Adults have a higher chance of developing complications as a result of chickenpox so their recovery time may vary.
An effective and safe prevention method is the chickenpox vaccine. In most cases, those who have been vaccinated will not develop the condition. However, if they do, it is usually mild with fewer lesions – meaning lesser red spots or blisters.
The scars associated with chickenpox are actually the result of scratching the blisters. The reason for the, at times unbearable, itch is because the blisters are filled with clear liquid containing chemicals that activate the nerves. The resulting extensive and intense scratching usually leads to scarring.
Typically it may take two weeks for the scabs to fall off and the scars are rarely permanent unless the sores were severely infected or repeated picking of scabs took place. But do note however that the temporary marks may take six to twelve months to fade.
PICO Pores & Scars Laser with PICOCARE 450 is able to treat scars effectively. It comes with a fractional handpiece, the HEXA MLA which is the only handpiece with a wider range of spot sizes. This makes it more efficient with less downtime and safer. In the treatment of chickenpox scars, the laser penetrates deeper into skin beyond its surface to deliver pulses which cause tiny globules of air or bubbles. During a patient’s recovery stage, collagen fills up the bubbles and raises indentations and depressions caused by the scars. This results in a smoother appearance.