History of Chicken Pox
An Italian, Giovanni Filippo around the 1500s, supposedly discovers chicken pox. During the 1600s, Richard Morton, an English physician, termed it chicken pox, what according to him is a gentler version of smallpox. During the 1700s, another English physician William Heberden proved that the chicken pox is different from small pox.
Numerous explanations have been given on the emergence chicken pox, as the name. The English literary critique recommended that disease was not more dangerous than small pox. It got the name chicken pox because the blisters that appeared seemed like the skin that has been pecked by the chicken. Another theory is that the blistered that appeared looked like the chickpeas and was similar to the size of a seed. The term chicken pox is derived from an Old English term called “giccin”, meaning itching. During the medieval period, the word “pox” meant curse. People believed that chicken pox was a curse, which was brought down on children with black magic.
Chicken pox is an extremely infectious disease that can easily spread from one person to the other without that person being in direct contact with infected person, just through the air by the coughing and sneezing. The fluid that the blisters secrete, even touching that causes chicken pox. A person who has been infected with the virus of chicken pox is contagious to others from one to five days prior to the rushes appear. It takes around 10 to 20 days for a person to get chicken pox, after the person is exposed to an infected person.
Chicken pox blisters are generally two to four millimeter and are red in color that grows haws an uneven outline. The place that becomes red develops clear vesicle, also called dewdrops. This “dew drops” blisters are a sign of chicken pox. In around eight to twelve hours the fluid in the blisters burst, leaving a scrub. The fluid of blister is very contagious. The blister generally falls after seven to eight days, leaving a scar mark.
The chief hindrance with chicken pox is that to bring the fever and extreme itching under control. To deal with the itching warm baths using baking soda can be of great help and at times cool baths or cool compressor can prove to be of great help.
In order to deal with fever ibuprofen or acetaminophen should be used. For adolescents and children use of aspirin can be a life-treating situation because of Reye’s syndrome.