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How can I tell if my child has chicken pox?
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Symptoms
Chickenpox starts on the central portions of the body, hairline paricularly, as small red dots which advance to pimples and blisters and then scab over. It spreads outward the hands and feet being the last area to be affected.
All the stages are seen at the same time pimple blister and scab.

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In brief: Symptoms
Chickenpox starts on the central portions of the body, hairline paricularly, as small red dots which advance to pimples and blisters and then scab over. It spreads outward the hands and feet being the last area to be affected.
All the stages are seen at the same time pimple blister and scab. Call on a doctor now ›
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics , 33 years in practice
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: Probably isn't.
If your child received the chickenpox vaccine - both shots - it is unlikely to be chickenpox.
But no vaccine works 100% of the time, so it's possible. Usually there are itchy papules & pustules in various stages of development & resolution, accompanied by a fever. Young children don't usually feel particularly sick, despite the fever. If your child doesn't fit this description see your doctor.

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In brief: Probably isn't.
If your child received the chickenpox vaccine - both shots - it is unlikely to be chickenpox.
But no vaccine works 100% of the time, so it's possible. Usually there are itchy papules & pustules in various stages of development & resolution, accompanied by a fever. Young children don't usually feel particularly sick, despite the fever. If your child doesn't fit this description see your doctor. Dr. Joseph Eastern will see you now ›
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology , 36 years in practice
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Chicken pox
Some kids have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or a vague sick feeling a day or 2 before the rash appears.
These symptoms may last for a few days, and fever stays in the range of 100°-102° f (37.7°-38.8° c), though in rare cases may be higher. Younger kids often have milder symptoms and fewer blisters than older children or adults.

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In brief: Chicken pox
Some kids have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or a vague sick feeling a day or 2 before the rash appears.
These symptoms may last for a few days, and fever stays in the range of 100°-102° f (37.7°-38.8° c), though in rare cases may be higher. Younger kids often have milder symptoms and fewer blisters than older children or adults. Need a more personalized answer? ›
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology , 24 years in practice
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