Most of the time, chicken pox is a harmless infection. But, as we mentioned on the previous page, it can become more serious. Signs that your chicken pox has become severe include:
- A fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius)
- A fever lasting longer than four days
- Rash spreading to your eyeballs
- An infected rash
- Stiff neck
It's also important to note that even though children aren't as likely as adults to develop a severe case of chicken pox, they can be at risk for an infected rash. This usually happens during scratching when bacteria from fingernails makes its way into open blisters. So, in addition to discouraging your child from scratching the chicken pox rash, you might also want to make sure his or her fingernails are trimmed and cleaned.
On the next page, you'll learn another important fact about chicken pox.