• The chickenpox rash usually appears less than two weeks after exposure to the virus and begins as superficial spots. These spots quickly turn into small liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over. New spots continue to appear for several days and may number in the hundreds. Itching may range from mild to intense.
  • The early symptoms of chicken pox are cold symptoms, fever, abdominal pain, headache and a general feeling of illness. These can come with the rash or before it by a day or two. The fever may be higher the first few days after the rash appears. The rash appears as small, itchy, red bumps and spots on the face, scalp, shoulders, chest and back.
  • Chickenpox may start out seeming like a cold: You might have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a cough. But 1 to 2 days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots on the chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the entire body — sometimes the rash is even in a person's ears and mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe. You'll need to see a doctor because you could have a skin infection. While you have the chickenpox, a pain reliever like acetaminophen might help you feel better. Usually, you won't have any major problems and you'll get better in a week or two.

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