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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. ...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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What does chicken pox look like in the very beginning?

What does chicken pox look like in the very beginning?

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 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 ...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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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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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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What does the chicken pox look like. Picture please?

What does the chicken pox look like. Picture please?

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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What do the symptoms of chicken pox look like, in a child who has been vaccinated twice?

What do the symptoms of chicken pox look like, in a child who has been vaccinated twice?

Chickenpox sypmtoms: It is very rare for a child who has had 2 doses of the varicella vaccine to still contract chickenpox. The infection is usually a lot milder, no symptoms may appear and there could just be a few blisters (resembles the appearance of a dew drop on a leaf) - with or without the itch. ...Read more

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Chicken pox, what do they look like?

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. ...Read more

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Can adults catch chicken pox just like kids can?

Can adults catch chicken pox just like kids can?

Yes: If they never had them as a kid they can get them as an adult. Most (80%) who don't recall having them as a kid have blood test evidence that they did have them in the past. However, adult chickenpox is quite worrisome with some developing a fatal pneumonia and many quite sick with the illness. ...Read more

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How often on average does a child get chicken pox what does it look like?

How often on average does a child get chicken pox what does it look like?

Once unless vaccinat: One episode of chickenpox in middle childhood confers a lifetime immunity. There is some concern that one having it in the first few months could have it again, but this is rare. The spots come in many stages at the same time, a "dew drop on a rose petal" describes the color & features of a classical blister. They start as tiny bumps & evolve to blisters within a day, then break, weep & crust. ...Read more

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What causes chicken pox in adults?

What causes chicken pox in adults?

Varicella Virus: It is caused by infection with VaricellaChickenPox)virus in adults and children ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes: Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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What is the actual name of chicken pox in adults?

What is the actual name of chicken pox in adults?

Chicken pox: Still called chicken pox in adults.
A special type which affect only a portion of face (like right upper 1/4 of face) or body (like a linear form involving right chest/back) called shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

Worse: Usually adults would ill seriously.
Another type of "chicken pox" in adults is called shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Why is chicken pox more harmful to adults than to kids?

Why is chicken pox more harmful to adults than to kids?

Get much sicker: Adults get sicker with high fever, more intense itching, and can get other infections such as pneumonia due to lowered immunity caused by the chicken pox. There's also greater risk of death, visible scarring, and shingles resulting from chicken pox in adults. It can also cause sterility in adult men. Adults immune system is stronger which is why they mount more of a response than kids. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are chicken pox dangerous as an adult?

Outcome variability: At it's peak, chickenpox was most common in preschool kids, with > 2 million cases/yr, 50 deaths & 10, 000 hospitalizations. With the adoption of the vaccine the kid problem has become less an issue & sporadic adult cases have gotten more attention. Adults are at higher risk of a fatal pneumonia for reasons that are unexplained. We see a similar increased morbidity with mumps in adulthood. ...Read more

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How soon after chicken pox can an adult go back to work?

About a week: Chickenpox tends to emerge in waves of new spots over a period of 2-5 days. The blister grows, pops ; crusts usually within a single day. A person is considered contagious for 1-2 days before to 6 days after the emergence of the rash. ...Read more

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What food to eat when you have chicken pox to adult female?

What food to eat when you have chicken pox to adult female?

Family practice: You can eat anything that you can tolerate. Soup is always good. ...Read more

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What are the adult symptoms of chicken pox that children might not get?

What are the adult symptoms of chicken pox that children might not get?

Varicella: The major complications from chicken pox in adults are : bacterial skin infection, nerve irritation, pneumonia and hepatitis. Although these can occur in children, adults who get chickenpox have even higher rates of complications. ...Read more

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How important it is to take shower during adult chicken pox? Is it required?

How important it is to take shower during adult chicken pox? Is it required?

Beneficial practice: Regular bathing reduces the chance that the blisters of chickenpox will be invaded by bacterial agents. Group a strep, staph & others find the weeping lesions a fertile breeding ground. People are >50x more likely to get flesh eating strep during cpx. Most adults would choose to bathe with these odds but some may not. ...Read more

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Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Pneomonia: Vericella pneumonia is a life theatening risk for an adult who develops chicken pox. The adult needs to be started on antiviral medications as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...Read more

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I have had chicken pox and was wondering what do shingles look like?

I have had chicken pox and was wondering what do shingles look like?

See the picture: Shingles often makes crops of fine vesicles (blisters) in lenear fashion which elicit pain. ...Read more

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Spots that look like chicken pox even though my daughter has already had them as a child and is now 24. What else could it be?

Shingles: The chicken pox virus (herpes zoster) can show up again later in life as shingles. The spots of shingles look like chicken pox but usually show up on just one part of the body. Herpes simplex virus can give a similar looking rash. She should see her doctor to determine what the rash is. ...Read more

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Have you received the chicken pox vaccine as an adult?

Yes: Chickenpox can be a rather nasty experience for an adult, producing a sometimes fatal varicella pneumonia. Those with no evidence of previous varicella by blood test or personal history should consider vaccination. ...Read more