no i had them when i was a kid.there pretty much the same as an adult.you cant die from them unless your from a country like africa where there is no vaccinations.
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Published by BUPA's health information team, firstname.lastname@example.org, February 2008.
This factsheet is for people who have chickenpox, parents of children with chickenpox and for people who would like information about it.
Chickenpox is a common illness that gives you a rash and can make you feel generally unwell. Anyone can catch chickenpox but it mainly affects children under ten. Most people will have chickenpox by the age of 15. It's common at all times of the year, but especially in winter and early spring.
Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is part of the herpes group of viruses.
Once your chickenpox symptoms have cleared up, the virus stays dormant in your body. At any time later in life, but usually in adulthood, the virus can re-activate, causing shingles (For more information, please see Related topics).
You will start to get symptoms around 10 to 21 days after you catch the virus.
The first symptoms of chickenpox can include:
a general feeling of being unwell
You may have these symptoms for up to six days before you get any spots. Chickenpox spots are usually very itchy. They vary in size and appear in clusters on your skin, forming a rash. You will usually get them on your face and scalp first, and then on your chest, arms and legs. You can also get spots inside your mouth and nose.
The spots are fluid-filled blisters surrounded by reddened skin. They may develop into pustules (containing pus). The blisters or pustules then crust over to form scabs. The spots usually take around 16 days to heal completely.
Chickenpox is usually worse in adults than children. Adults are more likely to have complications as a result of chickenpox and are more likely to be left with rounded, hollowed-out scars on the skin, known as "pockmarks".
In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox is usually a mild infection and serious problems are rare. The most common problem linked with chickenpox in children is a bacterial infection in the spots. This causes the surrounding skin to become more red and sore. Your child's GP may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Rarely, chickenpox can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or pneumonia (an infection of the lungs). For more information, please see Related topics.
Complications are more common in adults. The most common problem linked with chickenpox in adults is pneumonia. Another complication is liver inflammation (hepatitis).
Up to eight days after the chickenpox rash develops, some children and adults may become clumsy and unable to walk properly. This is called ataxia. It's caused by inflammation in a part of the brain called the cerebellum. This usually settles down on its own but occasionally other parts of the brain become affected and can cause longer-term problems.