Importance of Timely Treatment and Care: Guidelines from Kerala Government

The Kerala government health department has issued a warning emphasizing the importance of seeking timely treatment upon observing symptoms of chickenpox. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spreads through secretions from blisters as well as airborne particles released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The incubation period ranges from 10 to 21 days, and the contagious period extends from two days before the appearance of blisters until they have completely dried up.

Common symptoms of chickenpox include fever, fatigue, body aches, headaches, loss of appetite, and the development of characteristic blisters on the body. These blisters typically start on the face, abdomen, chest, and limbs and may rupture or ooze within four to seven days. Certain populations, such as babies under one year of age, pregnant women, senior citizens, individuals with chronic asthma, skin conditions, or compromised immune systems, are at higher risk of severe complications from chickenpox. Individuals diagnosed with chickenpox are advised to rest completely in a well-ventilated room and maintain hydration by drinking plenty of water and consuming fruits. Direct contact with others should be avoided, and personal items such as clothing should be disinfected with a bleach solution to prevent transmission. Calamine lotion can help alleviate itching, and for babies, covering their bodies with soft cloth can provide comfort. Adults can bathe in plain water to reduce itching, while maintaining trimmed and clean fingernails and thorough hand hygiene is crucial to preventing secondary infections. It’s essential for patients to continue any regular medications as prescribed. This notification was published on April 8, 2024. 

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