Smallpox (infection of smallpox virus)

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Smallpox is a contagious disease. It can pass from one person to another print coughing, sneezing or breathing or by direct contact with fluid from blisters or scabs / blisters.

Symptoms appear 12 days after a person was infected. The first are high fever, fatigue, headache and backache. It takes about 12 days from infection to first symptoms. Then, after 2-3 days of illness, there is a flat red rash. It usually occurs on the face and upper limb and then spread over the entire body. In the next 2-3 weeks, the rash becomes red and firm and rounded and flat turns into blisters. Crust then falls to 3-4 weeks after the first appearance of symptoms, causing permanent scarring. There may be a confusing in smallpox and the severe rash of smallpox. But different viruses cause these two diseases.

Causes and Risk factors

Smallpox is a contagious infection caused by the smallpox virus. Smallpox can be deadly, so in case of the most important cases is to isolate those affected. It is best that each person who comes into contact with a patient with smallpox to vaccinate. If the person develops symptoms of smallpox to recommend a medical emergency. Signs of poor general condition with smallpox are high fever and then the appearance of a rash.

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are currently no proven remedies that can kill the smallpox virus. Therefore, treatments for smallpox focus on providing relief of symptoms as the body fights the virus. This is called supportive care. ...