Chickenpox: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Be vaccinated
  • Stay away from infected individuals
  • Avoid scratching
  • Early diagnosis and treatment


The chickenpox vaccine is not approved for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immunity, such as those with HIV or people taking immune-suppressing medications
  • People who are allergic to antibiotic neomycin

Watch Out

  • Severe headache and constant vomiting
  • Rash which bruises or bleeds into the skin

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor if you have
  • Severe headache or constant vomiting
  • Problems breathing or persistent coughing
  • Red, warm, and sore skin
  • Fever of more than 102 F (38.9 C) that lasts longer than 2 days
  • Severe itching that cannot be relieved by home treatment
  • Chickenpox rash on the eyeball
  • Rash that lasts longer than 2 weeks
when to consult a doctor

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