-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes
itchy, fluid-filled skin blisters. Usually affecting children, the
infection typically runs its course and clears up without
Adults and teens, however, may be at risk of more severe
symptoms and may benefit from an antiviral medication, the U.S.
National Library of Medicine says. An antiviral is most beneficial
if begun during the first 24 hours of the skin rash.
The agency mentions these additional facts about use of an
antiviral medication in a person with chickenpox:
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