Although most people contract the disease during their childhood, chickenpox also occurs in adults. However, the risk of contracting chickenpox at a later age is very small. The reason that adults can contract chickenpox could be related to the fact that they may not have had the disease during childhood, or that they have had the disease in a mild form during childhood whereby there is insufficient antibodies present, or due to immune disorder. The symptoms in adults are identical to those in children.
However the course of the disease is generally more severe. Although complications with chickenpox are rare, pneumonia or ear infections can occur in adults. The discomfort such as itching can be minimised with HeltiQ ChickenPox. When an adult contracts chickenpox a vaccination could help to alleviate symptoms.