What are the complications of chicken pox?
Serious complications from chicken pox include bacterial infections which can involve many sites of the body including the skin, bone, lungs (pneumonia), points and blood. Other serious complications are due directly to the virus and include viral pneumonia, bleeding problems, and infection of the brain (encephalitis). Many of the deaths and complications occur in previously healthy children and adults. If a fever lasts long than four days or rises above 102° F, call your health care provider. Also take note of areas of the rash or any part of your body which become very red, warm, tender, or is leaking pus (thick, discolored fluid) as this may mean there is a bacterial infection. Call your doctor immediately if the individual with chicken pox seems extremely ill, is difficult to wake up or is confused, has difficulty walking, has a stiff neck, is vomiting repeatedly, has difficulty breathing, or has a sever cough.