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Most children at school will get chickenpox. One of your friends might have had it, or you may have even caught it yourself.

This is because it spreads quite easily, but it’s nothing to worry about. Plus, most people can only catch it once!

What is it?

Chickenpox is a spotty rash which can show up on any area of your body. This might spread around too, but sometimes the spots will just stay in one area.

This’ll probably be itchy, and you might feel unwell whilst you have it. Your parent or carer can speak to a pharmacist about getting medicine to help with this.

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Did You Know?
Brain borg You can catch chickenpox by being in the same room as someone with it.

What should I do?

Because chickenpox spreads so easily, you’ll need to take some time off school so that others don’t catch it. This is usually for 5 days after the spots appear or until they’ve crusted over.

You should drink plenty of water or non-sugary drinks to stay hydrated and avoid scratching the spots – even if they are really itchy! Itching can cause the skin to scar.

Riddle me this!
What should you do if you have chickenpox?
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Chickenpox is very common, most people will get it in their lifetime.
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Page last reviewed: 12-10-2022

Next review due: 12-10-2025