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How long does chickenpox usually last?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Chickenpox usually sticks around for longer than you'd like. The blisters don't all appear at once. You'll find that some of the rash has blistered and is scabbing over when other parts are just starting to blister. All in all, it seems that it takes 10 days to as long as 21 days for the virus to get out of your system.

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