When is acyclovir indicated for treatment of chickenpox (varicella) in children?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Given the high risk of varicella-related complications, children should be treated if any of the following conditions are a medical concern:

  • Defects in cell-mediated immunity

  • Chronic atopic dermatitis

  • Chronic asthma

  • Iatrogenic immunosuppression

  • Long-term systemic steroid use

  • Splenic dysfunction

  • Nephrotic syndrome

Go to Pediatric Chickenpox for more complete information on this topic.

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