Neighboring counties have reported increased cases of chickenpox, especially for unvaccinated children. Chickenpox vaccines for children and adults are available at the Riley County Health Department. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment by calling us at (785) 776-4779 ext. 7675.
The classic symptom of chickenpox is a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters which eventually become scabs. The rash may first show up on the chest, back, and face, and then spread over the entire body. Patients also experience fever, loss of appetite, headache, and fatigue.
Children who catch chickenpox typically miss 5-6 days of school or childcare. Adults are typically ill for 4-7 days.
There are several things that you can do at home to help relieve chickenpox symptoms and prevent skin infections. Calamine lotion and a cool bath with added baking soda, uncooked oatmeal, or colloidal oatmeal may help relieve some of the itching.
IMPORTANT: Do not use aspirin or aspirin-containing products to relieve fever from chickenpox. The use of aspirin in children with chickenpox has been associated with Reye’s syndrome, a severe disease that affects the liver and brain and can cause death. Instead, use non-aspirin medications, such as acetaminophen, to relieve fever from chickenpox. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding treatment with ibuprofen if possible because it has been associated with life-threatening bacterial skin infections.
Contact a healthcare provider if you have questions.