Varicella-IgM (Chicken Pox)

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    Above 10 years

    Varicella or chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is a common childhood illness but can also affect adults who have not been previously infected. The disease is characterised by fever and a red, itchy rash that develops into blisters. While most cases of chickenpox are mild, it can cause serious complications in some cases, especially in adults and people with weakened immune systems.

    The VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) IgM test is used to detect the presence of IgM antibodies in the blood. These antibodies are produced in response to an active infection with VZV. The test can help diagnose an acute infection and differentiate it from a previous infection or vaccination.

    Symptoms of Chickenpox

    The symptoms of chickenpox usually appear about 10-21 days after exposure to the virus. The first symptoms may include:
    - Fever
    - Headache
    - Loss of appetite
    - Fatigue
    - Muscle aches

    A few days later, a red, itchy rash appears on the skin. The rash typically progresses through three stages:
    1. Papules – small red bumps that develop into blisters
    2. Vesicles – fluid-filled blisters that rupture and form scabs
    3. Crusts – scabs that dry up and fall off

    The rash usually starts on the face, chest, and back, and then spreads to the rest of the body. It can be very itchy and uncomfortable, and scratching can lead to infection or scarring.

    Test Procedure

    The VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) IgM test requires a blood sample. A healthcare provider will use a needle to draw blood from a vein in the arm. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, but some people may experience mild discomfort or bruising at the site of the needle insertion.

    At the lab, the sample is analysed to measure the level of IgM antibodies in the blood. The test is usually performed in a laboratory or clinic setting by a trained healthcare professional.

    If you receive a positive result on the VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) IgM test, it means that you have recently been infected with VZV. Your healthcare provider may recommend treatment with antiviral medications to help reduce the severity of your symptoms and prevent complications.

    Options for Individuals Who Receive a Positive Diagnosis

    If you receive a positive diagnosis of chickenpox, it is important to take steps to avoid spreading the virus to others. You should stay home from work or school until all of your blisters have crusted over, and avoid close contact with people who have not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against it.

    If you are at high risk for complications from chickenpox, such as pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems, your healthcare provider may recommend additional treatments or precautions.

    Booking Tests on Apollo 24|7

    Apollo 24|7 offers easy and convenient booking for laboratory tests like VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) IgM panel. All you have to do is visit our website, select the test you require and book your appointment slot. You can even choose to get your blood sample collected from the comfort of your home with our home sample collection service. Our highly trained and experienced professionals will ensure that your testing experience is quick, easy, and comfortable.

    You can expect to receive your test results within 2-3 days of your appointment, and our team of doctors and healthcare professionals are always available to answer any questions you may have about your results.

    Benefits of Early Testing

    There are several benefits to getting tested early for chickenpox. These include:
    1. Early diagnosis – An early diagnosis can help you get treatment sooner and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
    2. Accuracy – The VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) IgM test is highly accurate in detecting recent infections with VZV.
    3. Prevention – If you have not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against it, getting tested early can help you take steps to avoid exposure to the virus and prevent infection.

    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    VZV stands for varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chickenpox.
    Anyone who has not previously been infected with VZV or vaccinated against it is at risk for chickenpox.
    Yes, chickenpox is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with the blisters or respiratory secretions of an infected person.
    Most cases of chickenpox do not require treatment, but antiviral medications may be used to reduce the severity of symptoms in some cases.
    The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get vaccinated against VZV. If you have not been vaccinated, you can reduce your risk by avoiding close contact with infected individuals and practising good hand hygiene.

    Why should Apollo be your preferred healthcare partner?

    • 40 Years of legacy and credibility in the healthcare industry.
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    • Affordable diagnostic solutions with timely and accurate test results.
    • Up to 60% discount on Doorstep Diagnostic Tests, Home Sample Collection.
    • An inventory of over 100+ laboratories, spread across the country, operating out of 120+ cities with 1200+ collection centers, serving over 1800+ pin codes.

    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results