WHAT'S GOING AROUND: Chicken Pox

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Lansing, Mich. (WILX) More cases of chicken pox are being reported in Mid-Michigan.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Bowers at McLaren Greater Lansing Dewitt Family Medicine says symptoms start a couple days before the rash and blisters show up. They include a high fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and headache.

You can relieve the itching with calamine lotion or a colloidal oatmeal bath. Keep your fingernails trimmed short to prevent infections if you can't resist scratching the blisters. You can give kids non-aspirin medications to reduce the fever.

Anyone who is pregnant, younger than 12, or has a weakened immune system should see a doctor if they get chicken pox.
The same goes if the rash gets extremely red, warm, tender or starts leaking pus.

There is a vaccine for chicken pox that prevents most cases.