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Chicken Pox

Skin Rashes


Updated April 04, 2009

The classic rash of chicken pox infections, include red papules (bumps), vesicles (the spots that look like little blisters), which then become crusted scabs.
Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

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Chicken pox typically starts on a child's trunk and then spreads to the rest of their body, including their arms, legs, and head.

Other symptoms of chicken pox typically include a prodrome of fever, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, and mild abdominal pain for 1 to 2 days.

It is very itchy and very contagious, but can be prevented with a chickenpox vaccine.

Keep in mind that the current immunization schedule advises that kids get a chicken pox booster shot beginning when they are four years old, which should help to further decrease chickenpox infections.

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