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  • Scab

  • Itchy

  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Healing skin lesion

  • Black scabs

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • The skin is itchy and has scratches

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is varicella (Chickenpox)?

A highly contagious disease, also known as chickenpox, is caused by the varicella zoster virus and can be transmitted by contact with infected individuals. Patients should avoid contact with other children or pregnant women.

Symptoms of varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Scab

  • Fever

  • Blisters formed scabs after 1 week

  • Skin Itching

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Red bumpy rashes that became blisters after several hours

  • Headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Is your whole body red?

  • Do you have a scab?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Did scabs form about a week after the blisters?

  • Is your skin itchy?

Treatment for varicella (Chickenpox)

The condition usually resolves by itself. Doctors may prescribe anti-itch medications since scratching can cause infection and scarring. In specific cases, patients may be advised to get the chickenpox vaccine or antiviral drugs.

View the symptoms of Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Scab

  • Fever

  • Itchy skin

  • Pustule

  • Headache

References

  • Arvin AM. Varicella-zoster virus. Clin Microbiol Rev. 1996 Jul;9(3):361-81. doi: 10.1128/CMR.9.3.361. PMID: 8809466; PMCID: PMC172899.

    https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/CMR.9.3.361

  • Zerboni L, Sen N, Oliver SL, Arvin AM. Molecular mechanisms of varicella zoster virus pathogenesis. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2014 Mar;12(3):197-210. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro3215. Epub 2014 Feb 10. PMID: 24509782; PMCID: PMC4066823.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/nrmicro3215

  • Gershon AA, Gershon MD. Pathogenesis and current approaches to control of varicella-zoster virus infections. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2013 Oct;26(4):728-43. doi: 10.1128/CMR.00052-13. PMID: 24092852; PMCID: PMC3811230.

    https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/CMR.00052-13

  • Kennedy PGE, Mogensen TH. Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection of Neurons Derived from Neural Stem Cells. Viruses. 2021 Mar 15;13(3):485. doi: 10.3390/v13030485. PMID: 33804210; PMCID: PMC7999439.

    https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/13/3/485

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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