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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My daughter has been on an antibiotic for 9 days now and a rash appeared over night it looks like chicken pox but she has been immunized them?

My daughter has been on an antibiotic for 9 days now and a rash appeared over night it looks like chicken pox but she has been immunized them?

2 issues: First, chickenpox has a blister like rash & I assume this is what you are describing. If it is just bumps, it could be an allergic rash from the abx. Second, 15% of those given the varicella vaccine are not protected by the first dose, declining to 5% after 2 doses. It sounds like your doc needs to see the rash and confirm what is going on. If she has wild chickenpox she doesn't need the 2nd dose.

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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


Dr. Melissa Gowans Dr. Gowans
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I got something on my face that looks like chicken pox but, they are bigger and hurt....They are not pimples and one keeps getting bigger...Help!

I got something on my face that looks like chicken pox but, they are bigger and hurt....They are not pimples and one keeps getting bigger...Help!

Impetigo: It sounds like you might be dealing with a staph infection. Do not break the pustules. See your doctor for evaluation - you may need to have the bigger lesions drained and you may require oral antibiotics. Until you get in to your doctor, use plain soap and water for cleaning then apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the lesions 4 times per day (neosporin, Bacitracin etc). Do not pick!

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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What rash looks like chicken pox?

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.

Dr. Faryal Ghaffar Dr. Ghaffar
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
University of Karachi, Dow Medical College
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Red dots on my chest and sholders that looks like chicken pox, what should I do?

Red dots on my chest and sholders that looks like chicken pox, what should I do?

Red dots: Red dots could represent different eiologies. Chicken pox starts like red dots but then it forms small fluid filled blisters. Chicken pox lesions also occur on other parts of body. Need to seen your physician to make the diagnosis.

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Noticed a pinkie tip sized indentation on inner thigh that looks like chicken pox scar. Never noticed it before. I'm almost 65. What might this be?

Noticed a pinkie tip sized indentation on inner thigh that looks like chicken pox scar. Never noticed it before. I'm almost 65. What might this be?

Thigh lesion would: Need to be examined. You could do this on Healthtap prime on a video conference or probably better in person with your physician.

Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What to do if I have a rash that looks exactly like chicken pox. I'm 21, and I've had both chicken pox and shingles?

What to do if I have a rash that looks exactly like chicken pox. I'm 21, and I've had both chicken pox and shingles?

See your doctor.: If you've had chicken pox, you can not get it again. However, shingles can recur. You should have the rash checked by your doctor to make the proper diagnosis and treatment if necessary. There other causes of rashes that look similar to chickenpox.If you have a HealthTap Prime account (or sign up for one), you can send a photo and one us may be able to help you with a diagnosis.

Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Red speckled rash only on arms and legs. Not itchy or painful. Looks exactly like chicken pox, however, I've already had pox as a child.

Red speckled rash only on arms and legs. Not itchy or painful. Looks exactly like chicken pox, however, I've already had pox as a child.

Rash: Best to have it looked at or send a picture. There are other viruses that cause a similar rash to chicken pox. Usually chickenpox starts on the trunk. It may have been something you came in contact with? All the best.

Dr. Nazhat Sharma Dr. Sharma
Ophthalmology
54 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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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.

Dr. Venkata Vallury Dr. Vallury
Pediatrics
39 years in practice
Kakatiya University, Kakatiya Medical College
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I have a rash on my chest that looks a lot like chicken pox except they don't itch. Could there be some other cause for this?

I have a rash on my chest that looks a lot like chicken pox except they don't itch. Could there be some other cause for this?

Rash: Yes there are other causes for such a vesicular rad saying that were you previously immunized with varicella vaccine if you did you can still get chicken pox in a modified version fewer lesions that may not itch. Other cause is viral rashes that can mimic

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bradley Wilson Dr. Wilson
Dentistry
51 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I have this child who is with chicken pox and one part of the gums has turned black and looks like it is rotting. Can chicken pox spread to the gums?

Yes: Chicken pox can occur almost anywhere on the body including the mouth and throat. They occur usually as ulcers. There are some over the counter rinses that suggest they can help but non work well because the ulcers are so extensive. The color doesn't mean anything special.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My son has chicken pox can I take zivorax pills before the appearance of any symptoms to avoid it or at least reduce its effect?

Acyclovir for VZV: It is recommended that so, e persons at increased risk for moderate to severe varicella be considered for oral Acyclovir treatment. These high risk groups include healthy persons older than 12 years old, those with chronic cutaneous or pulmonary disorders, on steroids. Some health care providers may elect to use oral Acyclovir for secondary cases within a household.

Dr. Monica German Dr. German
Pediatrics
years in practice
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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

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

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can I take my 14 weeks old twins to someone house who is having chicken pox appeared 10 days ago but now looks fine?

Can I take my 14 weeks old twins to someone house who is having chicken pox appeared 10 days ago but now looks fine?

Should be okay: Cpx is considered contagious from the day before the spots appear until the last one dries, or a week after eruption. If your timing is right it should not be a problem. If you had cpx as a kid, your twins would have some transient immunity you gave them during pregnancy, but this wears off by 4-6 mo at the latest.

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Dr. Stephen Scholand Dr. Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I have what looks like heat rash in both armpits. Its spreading down my arms & sides, but my arms & sides look like I have chicken pox. What's wrong?

I have what looks like heat rash in both armpits. Its spreading down my arms & sides, but my arms & sides look like I have chicken pox. What's wrong?

Pustular rash: This could be folliculitis or an irritated infectious rash from rubbing between your skin surfaces. I wonder if you've been hot and sweaty lately? Since it's spreading you should show a doc since it needs to be stopped. There are other things it could be like out of control fungus, contact allergy (any new deodorants?) or less likely the start of some viral infection--I doubt chicken pox tho.

Dr. Richard Ohnmacht Dr. Ohnmacht
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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My 8 month old has spots that look like chicken pox but the doctor says they are not. What are they?

My 8 month old has spots that look like chicken pox but the doctor says they are not. What are they?

Prob another virus: Many viruses particularly in the summer can cause a rash that may look like chickenpox. There are no special treatments for them. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and lots of fluids will make the baby feel better.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What is chicken pox look like?

What is chicken pox look like?

ChickenPoxLookAlikes: Rashes which may look like chicken pox are Herpes Simplex Small Pox Coxsakie Virus Echo Virus Ricketsiapox

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Dr. Scott Katz Dr. Katz
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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What does chicken pox look like?

What does chicken pox look like?

Bumps, blisters: Chicken pox typically starts as small red bumps which then turn into small, fluid filled blisters (vesicles) and then crust over. Typically new crops of bumps show up as the older ones are crusting. Children are contagious until all the spots have crusted.

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Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Chicken pox, what do they look like?

Different phases...: The chickenpox rash usually goes through three phases: raised pink or red bumps (papules), which break out over several days; fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), forming from the raised bumps over about one day before breaking and leaking; and crusts and scabs, which cover the broken blisters and take several more days to heal.