Chickenpox is a common disease caused by the varicella virus. It causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) on the skin all over the body. Your child also can have blisters on the scalp and in the eye.
Chickenpox is most contagious from 2 to 3 days before the rash forms until no new blisters form and all the blisters have crusted over. That may be 7 days or more after the blisters first appear. It may take up to 2 weeks for the scabs to go away. Most children feel better within a week. You can care for your child at home.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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