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Which layer of the skin does chickenpox effect?

Which layer of the skin does chickenpox effect?

Complicated Skin: The simple answer is the epidermis which is the top layer. Chickenpox causes the epidermal cells to ballon which forms a classical blister. See pic. But the epidermis is composed of 4 or 5 layers: cornified layer, clear/translucent layer, granular layer, spinous layer and basal/germinal layer. Varicella affects the spinous layer. Thanks for the difficult question! ...Read more

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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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There are some small red dots inside my skin.not like chickenpox, and feel nothing.what's that exactly?

There are some small red dots inside my skin.not like chickenpox, and feel nothing.what's that exactly?

Rash: Without seeing the skin eruption it is virtually impossible to make any reasonable guess as to what this might be. Show it to your local doctor or see a dermatologist. Do not know where you are in Italy but there are many outstanding physicians there whom I have met. Go and be seen. Buona fortuna. ...Read more

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If I get chickenpox at this age, can it leave any marks on my skin? And if yes how to prevent or minimize these marks?!

If I get chickenpox at this age, can it leave any marks on my skin? And if yes how to prevent or minimize these marks?!

Sure Can!: Getting the vaccine is the best way to prevent the disease, as well as any potential scarring! If you get disease, keep the skin clean and dry, and treat any evolving surrounding red areas with a topical antibiotic. It's the bacterial infection surrounding (and complicating) the pox viral infection that tend to cause worse scars. ...Read more

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I'm having chickenpox BLACK SCAR of 6mm diameter CIRCLE ON RIGHTCHEEK ON FACEsince 12years. Its prominent coz of my fair skin. Its keeping girls away.

I'm having chickenpox BLACK SCAR of 6mm diameter CIRCLE ON RIGHTCHEEK ON FACEsince 12years. Its prominent coz of my fair skin. Its keeping girls away.

You really need: To see a Dermatologist with a specialty in COSMETOLOGY AND "MICRO-surgery"

A local University Teaching Hospital is where I would go if possible!
Hope this helps.and good luck!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How can you brush your hair with chickenpox blisters on your head?

How can you brush your hair with chickenpox blisters on your head?

Yes: It may be uncomfortable so you may want to brush gently and avoid harsh scalp contact. A soft brush or comb would work and then just gently going over any tender areas. You can avoid brushing the scalp and just brush hair as well. ...Read more

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How can we differentiate Henoch schonlein purpura with other skin diseases such as chickenpox, and how it can be treated?

How can we differentiate Henoch schonlein purpura with other skin diseases such as chickenpox, and how it can be treated?

Recognizing pattern: Someone who is well-trained can distinguish these by history and exam. Since neither requires treatment, the management of potential secondary problems is where training also provides proper direction. A lay person and some physicians would not be expected to recognize HSP nor could the differences be explained within the limits of this platform. ...Read more

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In chickenpox, is it safe and beneficial to use Betadine solution on the skin including the face to ease itching? Can it be applied to the scalp too?

I wouldn't: Betadine has the potential to sensitize you(make allergic) to its components if it is left on the skin for indefinite periods. I make great effort to remove any trace of it after I use it to sterilize an area for a procedure. ...Read more

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Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby. ...Read more

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I had chickenpox 2 months ago, the scars of blisters are not yet vanished from skin. As my doctor said it will vanish with time. Any solution for face?

I had chickenpox 2 months ago, the scars of blisters are not yet vanished from skin. As my doctor said it will vanish with time. Any solution for face?

Sunscreen: Can take up to a full year for scars to completely heal. The most important thing for you to do in the meantime is sun protection, specifically for those areas where you have scars. ...Read more

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What are signs of secondary skin bacterial infection in chickenpox. I have 3 spots that oozed w/ transparent yellow/gold fluid. Are they infected?

Maybe: Open skin lesions like those of chickenpox can be secondarily infected by various skin germs like staph or strep. Your physician can sort this out for you because it is sometimes difficult to tell with chickenpox. ...Read more

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What does chicken pox looks like on skin?

What does chicken pox looks like on skin?

See below: Chickepox rash always start on the trunk first then spread to arms and legs. 3-4 different shapes of rash present at same time, e.g., red spot, blister, red raised bump, and crust. ...Read more

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Will my skin go back to normal after the chicken pox?

Usually yes: The rash of chickenpox starts out as red, itchy or painful blisters; then they open up and scab over and then they will commonly look darker than normal skin for weeks or months. The skin should get flatter and smoother and the color should fade over time but it may take months or more. Some people will still have some residual spots even years later. ...Read more

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I see 4 bumps on my sons head could it be chicken pox?

I see 4 bumps on my sons head could it be chicken pox?

DON'T THINK SO: You didn't mention age, state of chicken pox immunization (if more than 1 year). Chicken pox usually comes on covered areas (centripetal distribution), e.g. Axilla, chest, trunk, but can start anywhere, face, scalp extremities. You can see all 4 stages of rash same time, macules (flat pinkish), papules (raised), vesicles and pustules, when full-blown. If coming more, let his ped doc. Have a look. ...Read more

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I had chicken pox last week. Now I have some small bumps on the back of my head?

I had chicken pox last week.  Now I have some small bumps on the back of my head?

Probably not related: Once chicken pox goes away it is gone, so this is probably not related. It could be ingrown hairs from lying in bed. (adults often get pretty sick from chicken pox and have to stay in bed.) if it doesn't go away in a few days, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Help how to remove chicken pox spots that haven't faded in over a year on black skin?

Make take longer: Crater scarring is common in chickenpox. Filling, mechanical dermabrasion (planning), or surgical removal/suturing are most common treatments. All scarring is permanent, but these help reduce visual noticeability. In black and asia pigmented skins, excess pigment is common, and usually fades over many months or couple of years. ...Read more

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I have chicken pox, what food should I avoid? Can the skin harsh be gone forever? It looks really bad, so many on my face

Diet recommendations: Limit sugar and processed foods. No corn syrup. No sodas. Limit dairy, especially if mouth sores are present. Fermented dairy is OK (yogurt or kefir).? Use foods that will boost your immune system.
? Juices rich in vitamin A and C, such as fresh carrot juice or fresh squeezed lemon juice with water and honey
? Chicken soup (chicken should be organic or at least antibiotic and hormone free)
? Vegetable broth with shiitake mushrooms
? Acerola cherries
? Blackberries
? Elderberries ...Read more

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Does having swollen lymphatic nodes under your head, while having chicken pox means something?

Does having swollen lymphatic nodes under your head, while having chicken pox means something?

Normal reaction: It is a normal reaction to your infection. The nodes will subside after a few weeks. ...Read more

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My son had red pimps on his body yesterday that looked like chicken pox. Today its bigger and there's no white head anymore. Plz help?

My son had red pimps on his body yesterday that looked like chicken pox. Today its bigger and there's no white head anymore. Plz help?

Vaccinated?: If your son was vaccinated against chicken pox, it's a lot less likely to be that (although it still can happen in milder forms). This will be a good one for your doc to checkout in person (since we can't see the rash). If he has no fever, vomiting, headache, and is otherwise looking well, then you could probably wait till tomorrow, otherwise take him to an urgent care today. Hope he feels better! ...Read more

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