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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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My son has three red bumps on his body n i think they are chicken pox but not sure?

My son has three red bumps on his body n i think they are chicken pox but not sure?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox usually starts on head & neck area & spreads down & outward. For kids that have been immunized, the appearance is varied and may be just a few spots. Usual appearance of a chickenpox lesion is a clear blister on a red base (dew drop on a rose petal-classic description). Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Early treatment of chickenpox decreases discomfort and scarring. ...Read more

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Where could red bumps come from besides chicken pox?

Where could red bumps come from besides chicken pox?

Umm, hard to say.: Heat rash. Viral rash. Allergy rash. Infectious rash. Insect bite. Eczema. Contact dermatitis. The best strategy is to determine the source of the rash then address that specifically. This should be an easy question to pose to your pediatrician during office visit. Without actually viewing the bump in person, any answer would be but a guess. Your child deserves better than a guess. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up with red bumps on her I'm trying to figure out if is is chicken pox?

My daughter woke up with red bumps on her I'm trying to figure out if is is chicken pox?

Chicken pox: Rash In chicken pox is with high grade fever . Child may have runny nose and cough too. Chickenpox appears as a very itchy rash that spreads from the torso to the neck, face and limbs. Lasting seven to 10 days, the rash progresses from red bumps to fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) that drain and scab over. Vesicles may also appear in the mouth, on the scalp, around the eyes or on the genitals . ...Read more

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I'm on day 4 of chicken pox, I have some cloudy bumps, some scanned, and some red bumps with no blister, how long will i continue to get bumps?

I'm on day 4 of chicken pox, I have some cloudy bumps, some scanned, and some red bumps with no blister, how long will i continue to get bumps?

Eruption period: The usuall pattern of cpx includes eruption for up to 6 daya and a contagious perion until the last blister drys.This is generally 7 days from the first blister. It takes another week or two for most of the blister sites to fade to any noticable degree. ...Read more

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My son had some red bumps come up on his leg yesterday and they've gotten worse. There is a lot more and itching him now. He's never had Chicken Pox?

My son had some red bumps come up on his leg yesterday and they've gotten worse. There is a lot more and itching him now. He's never had Chicken Pox?

Unlikely to be Cpx: Cpx come up rapidly from tiny bump to BB sized blister within hours.They then drain and crust. It usually starts on the neck and spreads.Spots come up in waves for about 6 days.The ave # of spots is ~200. There a lot of things that can can cause bumps, bug bites and allergic exposures being high on the list. ...Read more

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Ilandre has a skin rash looks like chicken pox, little red bumps with little yellow tips some of them, only in one area? Not sure what this could be?

Shingles?: If it looks like chicken pox but it’s only in one area, it could be shingles. I’d have the Pediatrician or a Dermatologist take a look, though, as it’s unusual for a young child to get shingles. Not unheard of, but atypical. ...Read more

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Mosquito bite like red bumps. Itchy. No fever. Chicken Pox??

Mosquito bite like red bumps. Itchy. No fever. Chicken Pox??

Itchy bumps: Are you fully immunized? Hard to tell without a picture of your rash and some more history. ...Read more

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What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

What other infections cause rashes on skin and red bumps in face besides chicken pox. My son is 4?

Many: There are many other illness that cause rashes. Most of them are viral. If your child still has the rash i would see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I have chicken pox?How fast do they spread? My rash is red bumps that resemble small blisters ans they itch.

Can I have chicken pox?How fast do they spread? My rash is red bumps that resemble small blisters ans they itch.

Maybe,maybe not: Cpx is a contagious disease that can spread via droplet contact to anyone who is not immune to the disease. The incubation averages 2 wks & the rash starts out like small bumps that enlarge & fill with fluid before opening & crusting all in 1-2 days. Often starting around the neck/face, they can progress to involve any skin surface. Blisters continue to come out for 6-7d. ...Read more

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I have not had any symptoms of chicken pox but I have red bumps on my chest stomach neck and bavk . Could it be chicken pox. They are not pimbles.

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I have not had any symptoms of chicken pox but I have red bumps on my chest stomach neck and bavk . Could it be chicken pox. They are not pimbles.

See a doctor: There's always the possibility it may be chickenpox, and you should get it evaluated soon by a doctor to see if you need treatment. Chickenpox in an adult is often associated with a more severe course than in childhood. ...Read more

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I have itchy tiny red bumps on arms, upper stomach, upper thighs, near my elbows, and lower back. Is this chicken pox or hives?

I have itchy tiny red bumps on arms, upper stomach, upper thighs, near my elbows, and lower back. Is this chicken pox or hives?

Rash: They can be either, you really need to have your rash examined to know how to treat it and if you are contagious or not, see your doctor sooner than later. ...Read more

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I have red dots in my clitorus they aren't bumps almost look like chicken pox. Cause? Diagnosis? Treatment?

I have red dots in my clitorus they aren't bumps almost look like chicken pox. Cause? Diagnosis? Treatment?

See your doctor: It's difficult to say what they could be without an exam. You should see your doctor and make sure it is not an STD or other type of infection. ...Read more

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What would cause itching and red bumps if it's not chicken poxs?

What would cause itching and red bumps if it's not chicken poxs?

Many things: There are many different types of rash that can be itchy and bumpy. In order to know exactly what the diagnosis is, you need to be seen by a doctor. Rashes cannot be diagnosed without inspection of the skin. I recommend you see your doctor to determine the possible cause and best treatment for your rash. ...Read more

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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

NEEDS to be seen: It's hard to tell by description--so he needs to be seen to get a diagnosis. Chicken pox seems least likely but 'hot bumps' is concerning for an infection/cellulitis. ...Read more

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I have red itchy bumps all over me and a really bad head ache and the bumps keep coming and I've already had the chicken pox!:'( I've already had the chicken pox. But I have red itchy bumps all over and wont go away. And a horrible head ache what should I

I have red itchy bumps all over me and a really bad head ache and the bumps keep coming and I've already had the chicken pox!:'( I've already had the chicken pox. But I have red itchy bumps all over and wont go away. And a horrible head ache what should I

If : If patient has a new rash with a headache, then consulting their physician would be the next appropriate step. There are multiple, multiple conditions that can cause rash. The concern with rashes is that it could just be a skin process, but other processes must be considered. It is very difficult to diagnose a rash online, so a medical evaluation is typically warranted. ...Read more

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I have tiny red itchy bumps all over my stomach, back, legs, breasts and arms. I don't thinks its poison ivy or chicken pox.

I have tiny red itchy bumps all over my stomach, back, legs, breasts and arms.  I don't thinks its poison ivy or chicken pox.

Might be scabies: Rashes are hard to diagnose without seeing them. Sounds like a disease caused by tiny mites. Would need a special medicine. ...Read more

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I have little red bumps on my neck could it be chickenpox? I got vaccinated 3 years ago

It's possible: When someone has had the vaccine and still gets the illness, it's usually very mild. If there are red bumps, fluid filled bumps and scabs all at once, and they're itchy, then maybe it's chicken pox. If there are only red bumps and they all look the same, probably not. ...Read more

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Does this look like chicken pox as I have shingles I can't attach pic it's like a red rash ?

Does this look like chicken pox as I have shingles I can't attach pic it's like a red rash ?

Try Prime: You can attach photos in a Prime visit. This may help us get a look and learn more about the history of your illness. More questions needed to determine ...Read more

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My 13 month old is starting to get what look like red pimples all over the right side of her body could it be chicken pox? Should i contact the doc?

My 13 month old is starting to get what look like red pimples all over the right side of her body could it be chicken pox? Should i contact the doc?

One sided viral rash: I f it's only affecting one side of the body it is not chicken pox. L ike many rashes this rash is a virus if its one sided. ...Read more

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I have aquired chicken pox and coming down to the third day i see a small whitesh bump on my glans.its not itchy but can it be infective?

I have aquired chicken pox  and coming down to the third day i see a small whitesh bump on my glans.its not itchy but can it be infective?

Below: It is possible that this is secondary to the pox and is an infection but your description does not imply that.

If it was an infection, it would usually be red and swollen. ...Read more

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I'm a 14 year old girl, i found about 12 to 14 bumps on my body, they do not itch. I have already had the chicken pox twice, should I be worried about this?

I : I doubt it is chicken pox since your body was "immunized" by having a prior infection. There are numerous other possibilities and it is hard to tell without a picture, but perhaps they could be warts or molluscum contagiosum. Another possibility would be acne or folliculitis which is also common in your age group. I would recommend you get evaluated by a dermatologist if these bumps don't resolve very soon. ...Read more

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Does my son have the chicken pox? My son came and showed me a few bumps this morning that i thought could have been just flea bits... Well when he came to take his asthma medicine tonight he said he was itchy and showed me his bumps and they have spreaded

Does my son have the chicken pox? My son came and showed me a few bumps this morning that i thought could have been just flea bits... Well when he came to take his asthma medicine tonight he said he was itchy and showed me his bumps and they have spreaded

Was he vaccinated?: Was he vaccinated against chicken pox? Was he exposed to someone with chicken pox recently? If there were no blisters, it is just a rash one sometimes get from other viral infections. If he has not received the chicken pox vaccine, he should get it after the current problem has passed. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make the chicken pox bumps/marks go away faster?

Pills: Valacyclovir or Acyclovir will make a difference if started within the first 3 days. Valacyclovir is best, the sooner it is started the more benefit is possible, continue for 1 week. Side effects are seldom seen. ...Read more

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My 4 month old has small reddish bumps on his face. Is he too young to have chicken pox?

No: Chicken pox are blisters filled with clear liquid. The skin around the blister is red. They scab over within a week. You are more likely to have neonatal acne or eczema in a 4 month old. A pediatrician can tell you what it is. ...Read more

Red Bumps (Definition)

A bump is an area of tissue or skin that is raised . Red bumps are elevations ...Read more