What does the chickenpox skin rash look like?


"A dew drop on a rose petal" is the classic description of a chickenpox rash.

Tiny fluid-filled vesicles form on pink spots from head to toe -- just like the description. It is usually preceded by a fever and becomes terribly itchy once the rash develops.

Fortunately, most children are vaccinated against chickenpox and the disease is becoming rare. It's possible to still develop the rash even if a child has been vaccinated, but the disease is mild in that instance and it's often difficult to recognize. 

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Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is a contagious viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes shingles. Commonly affecting children and teens, symptoms of chickenpox include a blistering, itchy rash first appearing o...

n the abdomen, back or face, body aches, fever and in some cases, stomach pain. To treat and manage the symptoms of chickenpox, avoid aggravating the rash, use calamine lotion or dried oatmeal to calm the itching, rest, stick to bland foods and use over-the-counter pain relievers or antihistamines.

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