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How can I tell if my child's rash is caused by chickenpox?

“Chickenpox causes a red, itchy skin rash that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body. This includes the scalp, mouth, nose, ears and genitals,” says Giselle Namazie, M.D., internist in UCLA’s Westlake Village office. The signature rash becomes thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid and appears in crops over two to four days. Once the blister wall breaks, infected areas become open sores, which crust over to become dry, brown scabs and eventually heal.

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