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How is chickenpox (varicella) diagnosed?

Chickenpox is diagnosed based on your symptoms and findings from your physical exam. Your healthcare provider will ask questions about the timing and location of your rash as well as associated symptoms, including fever, headache, itching and fatigue. The exam focus is on your skin, looking for a rash consisting of raised red bumps, fluid-filled blisters and crusts. 

Your doctor will probably be able to diagnose chickenpox through a mere physical exam. That's because the rash associated with chickenpox is a tell-tale sign of the viral infection. You will also be asked about other symptoms you are experiencing to confirm the diagnosis.

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