Chickenpox (varicella) is an illness that has become much less common in the U.S. due to the chickenpox vaccine. The infection and rash will go away without treatment, but because chickenpox is easily spread from person to another, a child infected with the virus should stay home until the rash is completely crusted over.
To help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort:
To help prevent chickenpox, kids should receive the chickenpox vaccine when they're 12 to 15 months old, and a booster shot when they're 4 to 6 years old.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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