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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How can I remove scars from chicken pox or acne?

How can I remove scars from chicken pox or acne?

Dermatology consult: It is not possible to remove a scar by any means. A dermatologist can make them less visible with abrasion, injection, a laser or surgery. Hollywood's chris pine is one of many celebrity successes; other hollywood leads have chosen to keep their scars for the "tough man" effect. It's your choice.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have black spots/scars from either acne or chicken pox. Is there a way to remove them?

I have black spots/scars from either acne or chicken pox. Is there a way to remove them?

Timing.: If these are shortly after acne, I would use sunblock to minimize their becoming worse. In some instances long established redness can be treated with lasers. Discuss with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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I have a 30 yr. Old raised keloid scar as a result from chicken pox as a kid. I used ScarGuard to flatten it. What do I use to lighten it? Benzoyl P?

I have a 30 yr. Old raised keloid scar as a result from chicken pox as a kid. I used ScarGuard to flatten it. What do I use to lighten it? Benzoyl P?

MD Skin programs: Dr. Obagi is justly famous for being the first doctor to develop a prescribed skin care program that evens pigmentation problems, improves scarring, & even reverses fine lines. It actually delays skin aging. It's still a great skin care program & the cost ends up being about the same as all the over-the-counter anti-aging skin products out there, but with much better results. Others help, too.

Dr. Joseph Bark Dr. Bark
Dermatology
45 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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How to remove chicken pox scars?

How to remove chicken pox scars?

Pockmarks: There are many ways to try to get rid of pockmarks in the skin. The sometimes they can be raised or elevated to near invisibility using injectable fillers and other times the fillers are needed during before and after a type laser therapy which can very nicely ablate the site.

Dr. Robert Alexander Dr. Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
23 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Can chicken pox scars be treated?

Can chicken pox scars be treated?

Yes: 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.

Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can I remove chicken pox scars?

How can I remove chicken pox scars?

Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How can chicken pox scars be removed?

How can chicken pox scars be removed?

Improve not remove: These scars can be excised buttery will only be replaced with another scar. Many options exist and will vary depending on the depth, width and severity ofthe scar. Fillers, dermabrasion, needing, resurfacing (laser or mechanical) peels, grafting, revision and many other alternatives should be discussed with an experienced physician and surgeon.

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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How can I quickly cure chicken pox scars?

How can I quickly cure chicken pox scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

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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What can be done about deep chicken pox scars?

What can be done about deep chicken pox scars?

Plastic surgeon: A good plastic surgeon may give you several options to consider. Some dermatologists may also have expertise in this area.

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett Dr. Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
38 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Are chicken pox scars created from scratching?

Usually: Chicken pox causes pustules which itch intensely. The pustule damages the skin but the scratching makes it really worse. That's why your mother (and your dermatologist) told you not to pick at things on your skin! If you can protect the pustule from scratching damage, it usually heals with a minimal scar unless it gets infected with bacteria.

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What should I do about these chicken pox scars?

What should I do about these chicken pox scars?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

Dr. Robert Peppercorn Dr. Peppercorn
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What is the best way to clear the scars after chicken pox?

What is the best way to clear the scars after chicken pox?

Scars: No complete cure is likely. Time usually improves them. Mederma is popular to apply but will only help a little. Surgery or injectable fillers may help some scars.

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What can I do to treat the chicken pox scars from my body?

What can I do to treat the chicken pox scars from my body?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck!

Dr. Richard Tholen Dr. Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
37 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Is the chicken pox scars on a baby created from scratching?

Damage by infection: The lesions associated with chicken pox do itch, and scratching per se does not cause scarring, but can lead to superficial infection brought to the skin by baby's fingernails (from nose and mouth, which are chock-full of bacteria). The lesions that become bacteria-contaminated often have deeper skin damage, and that is what leads to the scarring-it's all about depth of injury, just like burns!

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Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How I remove the chicken pox scars? Is it takes 3 months or more?

How I remove the chicken pox scars? Is it takes 3 months or more?

Yes: The average patient who just waits for these to resolve may take a year or so to see them fade. Skin tone changes are often the last thing to improve & any spots that were scratched often or became infected would take the longest. Vit E and or sunscreen can help.

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Dr. Robert Alexander Dr. Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
23 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Is sebo de macho effective in deep chicken pox scars pls? Thanks in advance.

Not usually: 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.

Dr. Douglas Miller Dr. Miller
Pathology
37 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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I had chicken pox 15 yrs before, but I have 3 scars is still growing. Who should I consult?

See a dermatologist: Scars from chicken pox ought not to be growing three years after the episode of infection. See a dermatologist to determine just what you actually have, and then what to do about it.

Dr. Barry Press
1,958 Doctors shared insights

Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
1,981 Doctors shared insights

Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more