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Chicken Pox Rash
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1yrold had fever then developed chicken pox like rash on arms legs and ears - ind. Bumps turned into blisters. 2yrold had fever and vomiting - no rash?
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
11m old babyboy went India for vacation. Recently started having pink bumps in face and hand. Chicken pox or heat rash? No fever playing eating normally
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.
Hi I am having so many rashes on my feet, stomache and mostly left arm, I wonder if it's chicken pox or dengue....the rashes are itchy and im fever. Tq?
I need to know if my child has chicken pox! Looks like a rash, but he states it isn't itching. Only on right side of back and lower legs below knee.
Not chicken pox: Wrong distribution for chicken pox. See your DR. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?
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
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
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
I have recurring skin rashes in different areas that appear like fever blisters or shingles and itch. I never had chicken pox. It lasts a couple wks.?
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?
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
See blow: The rash is caused by the viral particles living there in the skin. ...Read more