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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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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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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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How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son?

How does the chicken pox rash look like when it appears as I had shingles just worried about my son?

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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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. ...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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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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Child has a painful rash on legs that look like chicken pox?

Child has a painful rash on legs that look like chicken pox?

Rash: Although most childhood rashes are not serious, any rash that causes pain could be concerning. Chicken pox is not known to cause pain. Nor does it typically localize to one area of the body. However, shingles, which is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, can do these things. An examination by your doctor is warranted so the appropriate course of treatment can be started. ...Read more

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Do shingles blisters look like chicken pox and are real sore?

Often shingles hurt: And for some people they hurt a lot, and leaving lasting pain, long after the blisters are gone. That said, some shingles are painless. Go to your dermatologist, he can not only look for the characteristic distribution, but he can also give you medicines to help with the pain and side effects. ...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 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. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has 24 spots that look like chicken pox on his stomach, blood test came back with negative results. What could it be? No fever just itch

Anything: Could be bug bug bites, papular urticaria, a viral rash, eczema, dry skin. Rashes are not easily diagnosed without seeing them. If it is not chicken pox and is not going away then see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has 24 spots on stomach and leg that look like chicken pox blood test came back negative. No fever what can it be. Just itch?

Hard to call: With your child having the vaccine and testing negative for varicella/chicken pox-the rash could be a contact rash or due to virus. Doubt insect related. Monitor the rash over time offering comfort care -cool water and moisturizer. If spreads or worsens, seek care to determine what might be progressing. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Spots on chest look like chicken pox and 1 in the mouth, back ache sometimes like labour pain is it shingles?

Spots on chest look like chicken pox and 1 in the mouth, back ache sometimes like labour pain is it shingles?

Doubt it: Shingles will emerge from skin on one side of the body, from a single nerve distribution. It does not cross the mid line, and does not emerge in more than one area. The back pain is not part of this. The mouth sore is not. There are many things that produce blistering skin changes.This does not sound like it. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox look when just starting?

Like blisters: May be variable due to age, prior varivax immunization
typically crops of blisters/ vesicles, as some crust, new ones form, very itchy, concentrated trunk, then less so face/ extremities-. ...Read more