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Symptoms of Chickenpox

Symptoms of Chickenpox: Introduction

Symptoms of chickenpox affect the skin, as well as the lining of the throat and mouth. The classic symptom of chickenpox is the appearance of a red rash that contains fluid-filled blisters. The rash first appears on the trunk and generally spreads to the face, arms and legs. The rash can also spread to the genitals and scalp and develop the insides of the mouth nose and ears. The rash is very itchy. Excessive scratching can lead to the complication of a bacterial infection of the rash and cellulitis. Scratching can also cause scarring.

Other symptoms of chickenpox may include a fever, abdominal pain, and malaise.

The blisters of the chickenpox rash break open after a few days and dry out and crust over to form scabs. Once scabs have formed, chickenpox is no longer contagious.

In rare cases, having chickenpox can break down the body's defenses and strength and lead to such complications as pneumonia, encephalitis and skin infections. Symptoms of these complications include fever, cough, headache, and change in level of consciousness. Newborn infants, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune system are at a higher risk for developing serious complications of chickenpox. There are also possible complications for unborn babies whose mother contract chickenpox during pregnancy. These include birth defects.

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Symptoms of Chickenpox

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Chickenpox includes the 19 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Chickenpox?

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Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Chickenpox has a characteristic itchy rash, which then forms blisters that dry and become scabs in 4-5 days. The rash may be the first sign of illness, sometimes coupled with fever and general malaise which is usually more severe in adults. An infected person may have anywhere from only a few lesions to more than 500 lesions on their body during an attack (average 300-400). (Source: excerpt from Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC)

Shots for Safety -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Early symptoms include aching, tiredness, fever, and sore throat. Then, an itchy, blister-like rash appears. (Source: excerpt from Shots for Safety -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Chickenpox as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Chickenpox, it is also important to consider Chickenpox as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Chickenpox may cause:

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Chickenpox: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Chickenpox: 2-3 weeks; or typically about 14 days but may be 11-20 days.

Incubation period for Chickenpox: Chickenpox develops within 10-21 days after contact with an infected person. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Chickenpox. This signs and symptoms information for Chickenpox has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Chickenpox signs or Chickenpox symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Chickenpox may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Chickenpox symptoms.


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