Blisters on the back. Photo by papaija2008, freedigitalphotos.net
Chickenpox or varicella is a viral disease that occurs mainly during childhood. It gives a lifelong immunity if you have been infected once. Did you get chickenpox during childhood? Apparently, it is very painful and serious if contracted in adulthood.
Lately, a vaccine is available. But it wasn't when we were little. Have you immunised your children against it?
I had chickenpox as a toddler. I don't remember but it was a bit of a trial for my Mum. I've also had the misfortune to get Shingles (same virus, just manifesting in a different way) as an adult. It really hurts! I've had my kids vaccinated against chickenpox. It's not just for them, it's to help protect immunocompromised people (babies, sick people...) who can't get the vaccine.
Chicken pox can be contracted many times. I've had it three times so far, twice in adulthood - both times caught through the children of co-workers who haven't considered that they might be carriers for their children's germs. Speaking from experience - if there is a vaccine to prevent your children and yourself from catching this and suffering, and to therefore prevent other people from catching chickenpox from you - I'd opt for the vaccine. Chickenpox as an adult is absolutely not fun.
I had it as a child, then got it again when I was 40 from a friend's child. Apparently because it is a herpes virus it can attack more than once. I had it in my hair, ears, throat, private areas, the worst most horrible disease to get in adulthood and the itch drives you crazy. The doctor said if it gets in the eyes it could cause blindness. Shingles is another side effect. My son has been immunised.
Got it when I was 33. Where from? Don't know, only possibility was from my work environment.
My scalp was the itchiest part of me.
Only relief came from having a bath with Pinetarsol in it.
It ran its' course, & after a few weeks' sick leave went back to work.