Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that causes an itchy, spotty rash. It's common in children but adults can get it too.
Symptoms of chickenpox include itchy red spots and blisters anywhere on the body.
Chickenpox usually gets better on its own within a week. You can ease symptoms with cooling creams, antihistamines and paracetamol.
You can catch chickenpox by being in the same room as someone with it. It's also spread by touching things that have fluid from the blisters on them.
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