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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does chicken pox typically last?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
1-2 weeks: Typically chicken pox lasts about a week. However until all the lesions dry up and no longer are contagious could take 2 weeks.
Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Varicella: Chickenpox can last for three weeks or more. The problem is scarring, this is almost always accompanied by scratching the blisters. If a child is prone to scratching chickenpox, it really helps to have them on an antibiotic during the course of this condition. A physical is needed, too, and vital signs taken for any sign of fever, etc.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Range of issues: The kid with chickenpox has been incubating it in his or her system for 10-21 days by the time it erupts.It erupst in waves of new blisters for a period of up to 6 days and is contagious from 24-48 hours prior to eruption until the last new blister dries.It then takes a week or two for most of the blisrer sites to fade some.The skin may look irregular for a year or more at the site of some lesions.

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A 17-year-old female asked:

How long does chicken pox last in teenagers ?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Chicken pox duration: Chicken pox generally lasts 5-7 days. One is not contagious once all sores have crusted over- usually about a week.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does chicken pox last for in the air? How long is the air "infected" for?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Air not infected: Chicken pox is transmitted from someone with the disease sneezing or coughing in your face, or from the liquid inside of the blisters coming into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes. The air is not really infected.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long can the chicken pox last?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
10-14 days...: ...Is the typical duration, but it can last 3 weeks or even longer in severe cases, or when there is a problem with the patient's immune system.
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.

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