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A 43-year-old member asked:

what to do if i have chicken pox, a really bad case actually. i was wondering, how long do they stay itchy for?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
2 weeks: Two weeks would be typical. Watch out late in the course of this illness for a pox with an overlying area of redness that is expanding, hot and tender to touch with fever. This can signal a secondary infection, one of the dangerous complications of chickenpox.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long till chicken pox start to really itch?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Maybe never.: Some cases of chicken pox never itch at all. Other cases begin itching on day one and don't stop until 2 weeks after the rash has resolved. There is no hard and fast rule.
New Albany, OH
A 20-year-old female asked:

Why is chicken pox so itchy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Salt: The weeping chickenpox lesions will eventually acquire sweat from the nearby skin and the combination of an open wound and salt from the sweat makes you itch.
Malaysia
A 33-year-old male asked:

I am 33 yrd old. Why is my chicken pox not as itch as mentioned in most of the article about chickenpox?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Different people: Our bodies don't read textbooks; we know of the usual presentation for diseases, but it doesn't mean our bodies will exactly manifest every aspect. That being said, being 33 years old it is unlikely for you to have chickenpox unless you weren't exposed at all as a child; was this diagnosed by a doctor?
A female asked:

How long do chicken pox itch?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Chicken pox: Itching from chicken pox can last up to two weeks.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long would it take before chicken pox start to itch?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Immediately: Usually as soon as one breaks out.Anti-itching medication or lotion may help the symptoms.

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