Health Tip: Using an Antiviral for Chickenpox08/19/11
(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes
itchy, fluid-filled skin blisters. Usually affecting children, the
infection typically runs its course and clears up without
Adults and teens, however, may be at risk of more severe
symptoms and may benefit from an antiviral medication, the U.S.
National Library of Medicine says. An antiviral is most beneficial
if begun during the first 24 hours of the skin rash.
The agency mentions these additional facts about use of an
antiviral medication in a person with chickenpox:
- Healthy children who don't have severe symptoms probably don't
need an antiviral medication.
- Adolescents who take regular aspirin may need an
- People with skin or lung conditions, or those who have recently
taken a steroidal medication, may benefit from an antiviral.
- People who have been exposed to chickenpox -- but haven't
contracted the infection -- may benefit from an antiviral.
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