The Symptoms of Varicella - Chicken-Pox - Wind-Pox

Eruption; slight fever; restlessness; some itching of the skin.

This is a very mild disease. It generally occurs in epidemics, and is believed to be slightly contagious, being communicated, as is thought, by the breath. The first symptoms of the disease generally make their appearance about two weeks after exposure.

The first symptom, and indeed the most prominent symptom of the disease, is the eruption, which consists first of roundish or irregular and slightly raised spots, being in size from that of a pinhead to a pea. In the center of these spots are little vesicles which are filled with a colored, watery fluid. The vesicles are generally very few in number, and never have the center depressed as in small-pox. When scratched, the eruption appears in successive crops during the first two or three days. By the sixth day, the vesicles become dry and covered with small brownish scabs. The disease is distinguished from both measles and small-pox, for which it may be mistaken, by the fact that the eruption either precedes or occurs at the same time with the beginning of the fever.

The Treatment of Varicella - Chicken-Pox - Wind-Pox

As the disease is never fatal, the most that is required is to keep the patient quiet, and if the fever is quite high, to cool the body by tepid sponging, or compresses applied to the bowels, changed as frequently as necessary. The patient should take a very light diet for a few days.