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Chicken Pox Symptoms

Sometime throughout the course of our lives, the majority of us will experience the uncomfortable disease commonly known as the chicken pox. Here is a look at many chicken pox symptoms so when it does happen to you or your children, you will know what it is and when you should visit a doctor.

List of Symptoms

Chicken pox commonly appear in clusters all over the body. Often they cover arms and legs, chest and stomach, areas of the face and scalp and many other places. It starts as a rash consisting of little red bumps, but then within 12-14 hours they become fluid filled blisters called vesicles. Eventually these blisters will break, drain and scab over, but spots can continue to appear for 3-5 days after the initial ones. This means that while some spots may be scabbing over, other ones may be just starting to make their appearance.

While it may be extremely difficult to do, it is important to try and avoid itching the scabs. Try different ointments and creams to reduce the irritation. This will help you avoid receiving any lasting scars.

Besides being itchy, flu like symptoms are often accompanied with the chicken pox such as a high temperature, lack of appetite, drowsiness and just a general sick feeling.

Once the spots start appearing, you know it is the chicken pox. There are also unusual symptoms to look out for. If the skin around the blister becomes painful or there is pain in the chest, head to your GP. Women who are pregnant and have never had the chicken pox before should immediately go to the doctor along with any adult member in general who is experiencing chicken pox symptoms.

Watch Out! It's contagious.

As soon as you start experiencing any chicken pox symptoms, avoid being around people as much as possible. This disease is contagious 48 hours before you may even see a rash. It stays contagious until all of the spots are crusted over. Rest and resist itching. It should be over soon enough.

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