The essentials

Chickenpox is an infection with a virus that causes an itchy rash. It usually goes away after a week or so, but for some people it can cause a serious illness.

We've brought together the best research about chickenpox and weighed up the evidence about how to treat it. You can use our information to talk to your doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.

In Brief

Chickenpox
Chickenpox is a condition that causes an itchy rash. It usually goes away after a week or so, but for some people it can cause a serious illness.
Last updated: Dec 09, 2013