Warning: This video contains graphic footage that may be disturbing to some viewers. Reader discretion is advised.
Most people who contract chickenpox commonly do so during childhood. During childhood, a typical case of chickenpox is unpleasant yet relatively mild. The biggest inconvenience is how contagious it is. With age, it’s difficult to even remember what it was like.
As an adult the condition is much more difficult to deal with and, as this video shows a severe outbreak can have gruesome effects.
This man, who reportedly contracted the illness at age 32, is entirely covered in pus-filled pox marks.
Adults apparently have a higher risk of experiencing complications and generally contract more severe cases than those experienced by children.
Once chickenpox has been contracted, 90% of people are generally immune to catching it in the future. However the varicella-zoster virus can remain inactive in the body, and later develop into shingles.
According to WebMD:
“Symptoms of chickenpox include fever and itchy spots or blisters all over the body. Chickenpox is usually mild and runs its course in five to 10 days, but it can cause more serious problems when teens and adults get it. People with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to developing serious complications from chickenpox.”
Watch the video above, if you think you can stomach it.