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Chicken Pox 101

One of the most common diseases among kids is varicella. It's better known as chicken pox, and you may have a greater chance of catching it from your classmates now that you're back in school! So get educated on all the facts about chicken pox, and learn how to deal with it if you catch it!

Chicken Pox - Historical Background

Chicken pox is a human disease, so how did it get its name? Well, the disease causes the skin to break out in red bumps, which remind some peeps of chickpeas! The Latin word for chickpea is cicer, which evolved into the word, chicken. Chicken pox was originally thought to be related to the much more dangerous smallpox illness, but in the early 1900's, scientists realized chicken pox comes from a virus that causes fevers and blisters, whereas the smallpox virus causes mono. Mono is sometimes called the kissing disease cuz some peeps believe it can be transmitted by kissing!

Chicken Pox - Signs And Symptoms

Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection that usually lasts seven to 10 days. It's spread by direct contact, or transmitted through the air, like when a person coughs or sneezes. It's most commonly found in children aged five to nine years old, and occurs mostly in the late winter and early spring. Chicken pox causes an itchy red rash on the skin. The rash begins as small, red bumps that look like pimples! Eventually, these bumps turn into blisters, which will scab over. During the illness, you may feel sick and experience fever, headache, and/or stomach pains. If you have chicken pox, then you'll have to miss a few days of school so that you don't infect other kids.

Chicken Pox - Ease the Itch

Chicken pox totally sucks because pimple-like bumps grow all over your face and body! Worse yet, these bumps are totally itchy. Scratching can cause the blisters to pop, leaving you with scars. So try following these tips - they'll prevent you from going itch-crazy!
  • Soak in a bath filled with baking soda or oatmeal.
  • Apply calamine lotion to your skin to soothe the itchiness.
  • Wear gloves to bed so you won't scratch yourself while you sleep!

  • And here's the best news - you'll suffer this itchy illness just one time cuz chicken pox usually occurs only once in your lifetime!

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    GirLovesPiggy posted in Style:
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    @rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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    rainbowpoptart
    My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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