"Chickenpox" is a disease caused by "Varicella Virus". This disease can spread quickly because it can be transmitted through the air, and it can be dangerous in people with low immunity including children, people with immune-mediated diseases, the elderly, and pregnant, which is the most risk group. If pregnancy is infected with chickenpox, the disease may result in the fetus. Shockingly, chickenpox may affect children having congenital malformations or even death.
At present, there is a vaccine against varicella. If pregnant can't remember if she had ever had chickenpox or not. We recommend consulting a professional doctor or your obstetrician as "chickenpox" can adversely affect the unborn child at any stage of pregnancy.
For protection, you should separate bedroom and personal items, dishes, utensils, cutlery, and towels from those with the disease since it can be contagious from 1-2 days before the blister grows up to 7-14 days after scar removal.
For the general public, you can rush to the hospital to get vaccinated, in case you cannot remember having immunity or even being exposed to the infected person. But! pregnant women are unable to be vaccinated as others. Usually, the doctor will recommend an "Immunoglobulin" injection. However, it is unavailable in Thailand, the doctor will recommend ARV tablets instead. Moreover, the doctor will assess the risks of taking the ARVs and the occurrence of infection in each person.
For the belief that "chickenpox" is just a common disease. If so, just take green herb medicine (Bai Pho brand), causing a lot of blisters and gradually disappearing by itself. Actually, this is an erroneous belief !! As soon as you suspect your close person or yourself having chickenpox, hurry to see the doctor to take ARVs, in case it is important. Antiviral drugs can be a necessary key in reducing the severity and can shorten the duration of the symptoms.
Information provided by: Dr. Nicha Tangpobnong
Compiled by: Medisci