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Health Tip: Chickenpox May Lead to Complications

Health Tip: Chickenpox May Lead to Complications

09/02/13

(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection. While most recover fully, some kids and adults suffer serious complications. People with HIV/AIDS and others with weakened immune systems appear to be at greatest risk.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says possible complications of chickenpox include:

  • Pneumonia.
  • Bleeding problems.
  • Dehydration.
  • Inflammation.
  • Infection of the brain, skin, bones or joints.
  • Sepsis, a bacterial infection of the bloodstream.

The chickenpox vaccine is the best way to protect you and your child from the disease, the CDC says.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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