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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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