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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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This is my first day getting chicken pox rashes I have now on my back and tummy even I got vaccine 2 wks ago, should I take any medicine?

This is my first day getting chicken pox rashes I have now on my back and tummy even I got vaccine 2 wks ago, should I take any medicine?

Reaction: This is likely a rash from the vaccine. Treat symptoms only, keep covered and avoid anyone who has not had chicken pox. All the best. ...Read more

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Can we take bath while having chicken pox rash?

Can we take bath while having chicken pox rash?

Aveeno (oatmeal) soaks: Using unscented soaps is recommended so as not to irritate the crusted areas. Aveeno oatmeal soaks can help soothe itching and other symptoms. If areas look infected, a quick shower is recommended instead. ...Read more

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How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son?

How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son?

Dew drop: The classic description of a chickenpox blister is 'a dewdrop on a rose petal'. However, the appearance of a typical varicella lesion is no longer 'typical' due to increased vaccination rates and decreased incidence of natural, florid disease. The rash is now variable and sometimes difficult to identify, but typically looks like a small bump or scab on a pink or red base with mild itching. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose chicken pox, rash started on the face and is very itchy?

How do you diagnose chicken pox, rash started on the face and is very itchy?

Send pic to confirm: Chicken pox is caused by varicella zoster virus. Starts on chest and face as itchy blisters which eventually scab. Associated with fever, body pains and weakness. Lasts 5 to 7 days. ...Read more

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Is there any medications or cream to reduce the swelling and redness of a chicken pox rash? Please help. Thanks

Timing is important: Any medication used has to be at the onset of the chicken pox rash, and clinical history will help your pcp determine if you can use it or not. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is the medicine associated with herpes, shingles, chicken pox. So, don't delay and you should go in an have your pcp examine your rash, and identify the source, and then s/he can over your treatment options. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a partial chicken pox rash (had the vaccine long ago)?

How can you tell if you have a partial chicken pox rash (had the vaccine long ago)?

Mild case: Small percentage of individuals who had received chicken pox vaccine experiences mild form of disease with much fewer bumps.
Currently, 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine are recommended, typically at 12 months and at 4 years of age. ...Read more

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My son has what looks like a chicken pox rash. He also has a persistent cough, fever, earache. He has eczema spots look like cold sites on this?

My son has what looks like a chicken pox rash. He also has a persistent cough, fever, earache. He has eczema spots look like cold sites on this?

Rash w fever: He may not have chicken pox but certainly some viral exam rheumatoid infection call his pediatricuan or go to er. ...Read more

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Is chicken pox like rashes symptoms of himox overdose?

Is chicken pox like rashes symptoms of himox overdose?

Unusual: Vesicular (blister-like) eruptions over the body without other lesions would be an extremely rare (if at all possible) allergic reaction to Amoxicillin (the active ingredient in himox). Overdoses of Amoxicillin would be exceptionally rare as well since this drug has few primary toxicities for humans. Chicken pox does not look like many other things. ...Read more

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My daughter seems to be below the weather alot, she keeps getting a chicken pox like rash on her side it seem to be giving us behaviour problems?

My daughter seems to be below the weather alot, she keeps getting a chicken pox like rash on her side it seem to be giving us behaviour problems?

Shingles?????: Well! Is it shingles? (i mean ---the rash on side?). If so, it is recurrent disease, extremely painful and yes can cause behavioral issues due to underlying pain. See md for further management. ...Read more

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How tell if my daughter (1) has chicken pox? She has rash spreadinfg from legs to arm mow back. She's not itching it though.

How tell if my daughter (1) has chicken pox? She has rash spreadinfg from legs to arm mow back. She's not itching it though.

Go to your doctor: Without having her seen by a doctor, the cause of her spreading rash is uncertain. A clue to chicken pox is that lesions on the body are in different stages. For example, some lesions may be red bumps, while others may be pus bumps while others are starting to crust. If all her rash looks the same all over her body, unlikely chicken pox, but it's best to go to doctor as chickenpox is contagious. ...Read more

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Do I have a bed bug bite or chicken pox? I have red rashes with blister on top with clear fluid on one rash. No fever, had chicken pox 10yrs back.

Do I have a bed bug bite or chicken pox? I have red rashes with blister on top with clear fluid on one rash. No fever, had chicken pox 10yrs back.

Doubt cpx: You gain lifelong immunity to chickenpox with your first case. Your description is to vague for a specific label. We cannot view any pictures you might have uploaded on this public site. ...Read more

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Rashes like chicken pox?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Where does rashes for chicken pox start?

Face or scalp...: The pox lesions of chicken pox may arise anywhere on the body; however, typically most parents are first alerted to this viral infection when spotting the lesions on their child's face or scalp. Since this area is unclothed, it allows a greater likelihood for discovery; these also have the most generous blood supply, thereby increasing the viral load in these areas. Clothed areas may have pox, too. ...Read more

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In chicken pox how long does the rashes come?

For about a week: The rashes are from the different stages it may last for 2 weeks. Sarts with a red spot and then blister and scab. ...Read more

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My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox. Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing. Y? Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks? Can antihistamine b given for itch?

I'm concerned.: There are three possibilities. (1) it's not chicken pox. (2) it's chicken pox but your child's immune system isn't working correctly due to a congenital immune defect. (3) it was chicken pox (aka varicella) but there is a secondary infection. The most severe of these are caused by the same streptococcus ("strep") that causes sore throats. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Red pores/rashes on leg. Spreading on another leg. Is it chicken pox?

Red pores/rashes on leg. Spreading on another leg. Is it chicken pox?

Doubt it: Cpx is a rash that generally starts around the neck and face before spreading elsewhere. The pox starts as a small bump that quickly becomes a blister about 2X the size of a BB shot, ruptures and begins to dry all in the space of 12 hrs. They come up in waves of half a dozen or more. Your description does not bear any resemblance to this. ...Read more

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My hostel mates r suffering from chicken pox. I already had it twice 3 yrs ago. I have started having small red skin rashes. Not 3rd time pox right?

My hostel mates r suffering from chicken pox. I already had it twice 3 yrs ago. I have started having small red skin rashes. Not 3rd time pox right?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely to get chicken pox for a third time. Sometimes, people think they had chicken pox but actually had some other rash. In those folks, they actually may not be immune to chicken pox, and may catch it during an outbreak. If getting a rash, one can check with a doctor to see what it might be. ...Read more

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What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

Many: There are many other illness that cause rashes. Most of them are viral. If your child still has the rash I would see your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

What happens if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

Possibly: About 96% of adults that don't remember having CPX have blood evidence of prior infection and immunity. If you had it, you are likely immune. Post exposure vaccination may help prevent or decrease the intensity of the disease, but should be done within 72 hrs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

Can you tell me if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

Depends on variables: If you had it as a kid or were immunized (started mid 90's) you have little to worry about. A vaccination now would not stop the progression of the illness or treat it. If susceptible, you can count forward 10-21 days from exposure as the time you would break out. Oral meds could be helpful if you do. Those at high risk due to chemo/cancer can sometimes obtain vzig (immune globulin) to prevent it. ...Read more

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Exposed to chicken pox then went to get the vaccine the same day, now is my first day having the rashes. I am wondering if I nid to take acyclovir?

Chickenpox treatment: If you have never had chickenpox or been vaccinated and you are exposed to chickenpox and you received varicella vaccine right away will greatly reduced your risk of getting sick. Some studies show 90% of prevention of the illness if vaccine given within 3 days of exposure and 70% if given within 5 days of exposure. If you do get sick, the illness is much milder. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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6th day of fever with chill (103 C)3rd day of increasing rashes covering head2foot and in mouth/throat. Was exposed to chicken pox 2weeks ago. What to do?

6th day of fever with chill (103 C)3rd day of increasing rashes covering head2foot and in mouth/throat. Was exposed to chicken pox 2weeks ago. What to do?

Get Medical check up: You need to see a doctor who could examine you and run some blood tests to determine the cause of your illness. It could be a serious virus infection or something else. Without a medical check we can not be sure about your diagnosis or offer you any treatment. ...Read more

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What rash looks like chicken pox?

See the picture: Chicken pox starts on face, scalp, or trunk as papules (raised bump) and vesicles (small blister). In full-blown case, papules, vesicles and pustules (vesicle containing cloudy fluid) can be seen at the same time. ...Read more

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What causes you to get a rash when you suffer from chicken pox?

What causes you to get a rash when you suffer from chicken pox?

See blow: The rash is caused by the viral particles living there in the skin. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

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Rash (Definition)

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