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What do chicken pox look like? What should I do if I have them?

What do chicken pox look like? What should I do if I have them?

Dew drop: The classic description of a chickenpox blister is 'a dewdrop on a rose petal'. However, the appearance of a typical varicella lesion is no longer 'typical' due to increased vaccination rates and decreased incidence of natural, florid disease. The rash is now variable and sometimes difficult to identify, but typically looks like a small bump or scab on a pink or red base with mild itching. ...Read more

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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more

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What do chicken pox look like? What should I do if I have them?

What do chicken pox look like? What should I do if I have them?

Dew drop: The classic description of a chickenpox blister is 'a dewdrop on a rose petal'. However, the appearance of a typical varicella lesion is no longer 'typical' due to increased vaccination rates and decreased incidence of natural, florid disease. The rash is now variable and sometimes difficult to identify, but typically looks like a small bump or scab on a pink or red base with mild itching. ...Read more

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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Apply cool moist towel to itchy areas as needed
hourly, while awake
Keep fingernails short
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Avoid scratching by covering hands with mittens or socks
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Use calamine lotion where needed for itching
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What do chicken pox look like in a baby?

What do chicken pox look like in a baby?

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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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Take an antihistamine to minimize itching/scratching
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Stay well hydrated and nourished
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Avoid aspirin for pain relief. Use tylenol or Motrin for pain relief
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What does chicken pox look like?

What does chicken pox look like?

Dew drop on rose ptl: The lesion has been poeticly described as a dew drop on a soft rose petal. It is one of the only viral rashes that goes thru several distinct stages in one day:tiny bump, thin walled clear blister(>bb size), cloudy blister, weeping or scabbed lesion. Often coming up around ears & neck it can spred to the body in hrs. It comes up in crops of new lesions over 5+ days. Average ~200/person total. ...Read more

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What does chicken pox look like in the very beginning?

What does chicken pox look like in the very beginning?

Red vessicles: Chicken pox will often begin with water filled pink red sacks called vessicles. ...Read more

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Treating Chickenpox (Checklist)

Tylenol or Ibuprofen for fever
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Bathe with tepid water and baking soda or Aveeno for itching
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Try to avoid scratching. Older kids can take Benadryl
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Call doctor if fever is high, not drinking fluids or acting more ill.
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