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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

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

There are some small red dots inside my skin.not like chickenpox, and feel nothing.whats 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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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