Chicken pox is a rather common illness that can affect almost ninety percent of individuals, most of whom are children, who contract the varicella-zoster (herpes) virus by coming into contact with an infected person. The condition sets in as an itchy rash with red spots over different parts of the body. For children who are otherwise healthy, the condition is mostly discomfort than anything else and can last for a few weeks.
Most children experience chicken pox only once in their lifetime, but in some rare cases the condition may recur later on. Individuals who do not get chicken pox in their younger years may experience the same in adulthood when the condition may appear more severe. Likewise, in individuals like expectant mothers or seniors with low immunity, the infection may become difficult to fight off and has a chance of turning into shingles.
To detect if anyone may be suffering from chicken pox, look for these typical signs:
By the time headaches set in, the individual will likely have been exposed to the virus for a few days. As such the headache will start out a day or two before the chicken pox rash sets in. Headaches can vary in severity but in most cases will become more acute by the time the pox appears.
Headaches can cause a halt in daily activities and if very severe, may lead to other chicken pox symptoms like nausea and occasional vomiting.