Chickenpox usually can be diagnosed based on how the chickenpox rash looks. For a healthy child, describing the rash over the phone to a doctor (rather than visiting the office) may be all you need to do.
Anyone who is over age 12, or pregnant, or has a weak immune system needs to be checked by a doctor as soon as you suspect chickenpox. When given right away, treatment can help prevent serious complications. For more information, see When to Call a Doctor.
At the doctor's office, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and will examine you. This usually gives your doctor enough information to find out if you have chickenpox.
Chickenpox during pregnancy
Find out if you are immune
- Plan to or can possibly become pregnant. Having chickenpox immunity prevents complications of chickenpox during pregnancy.
- Are more likely than normal to get severely ill from chickenpox or to have complications of chickenpox.
- Are required to prove chickenpox immunity for work or school.