What are the sympotoms of Chicken Pox

The symptoms of laghu masurika (chickenpox) begin to appear one or two days after the entry of the varicella zoster virus in the body of the person. The sequence of symptoms is as follows:-

(i) The initial symptom is that of a common cold. The person will have a runny or a stuffy nose. There will be a burning sensation in the eyes and they will water and become red.

(ii) Two or three days after the onset of the common cold, a rash appears on the skin. This rash may begin on the face, but will continue to cover the chest, back, arms and legs.

(iii) The initial rash is pinkish, but the color deepens in a day or two. Blisters develop on the rash, which are pimply bumps filled with a fluid.

(iv) In another day or two, the fluid in the blisters becomes cloudy and it begins to flow out. The blisters begin to crust.

(v) The initial blisters disappear in a couple of days, but new spots appear. Hence, the blisters appear in cycles.

(vi) This cyclic formation of blisters may continue for up to two weeks, though in some cases it may stop on the third day itself.

(vii) When the chickenpox is subsiding, the blisters develop into scabs and dry off. The passing away of the blisters might be accompanied with stomachache and mild fever.

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