Read more about chickenpox treatments. Symptoms Early symptoms may include body aches, fever, fatigue, and irritability, followed by a rash that develops into as many as itchy blisters over the entire body. Adults with chickenpox may benefit from taking antiviral medicine if treatment is started early in the course of the illness. Since the vaccine contains a small amount of live attenuated weakened virus, some people with conditions affecting the immune system, or on medications that lower the immune system, may not be able to receive the vaccine for medical reasons. Chickenpox vaccination is now free for children as part of the National Immunisation Programme Schedule. If treatment to reduce temperature or discomfort is necessary, paracetamol is recommended.
Chickenpox is spread when an infected person talks, breathes, coughs or sneezes tiny particles containing infectious agents into the air.
Over-the-counter Medications Use non-aspirin medications, such as acetaminophen, to relieve fever from chickenpox. Stronger treatments Antiviral medicine Aciclovir is an antiviral medicine that is sometimes given to people with chickenpox. A mild rash may develop. Be active Hints and tips for being active to help you feel better and increase your chances for a longer life. There are several things that can be done at home to help relieve the symptoms and prevent skin infections. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.