Chickenpox (Varicella) - Symptoms
The first symptoms of chickenpox
- A fever of
100.4�F (38�C) to
- Feeling sick, tired, and sluggish.
or no appetite.
- Headache and sore throat.
The first symptoms are usually mild in children, but they
can be severe in teens and adults. These symptoms may continue throughout the
About 1 or 2 days after the first symptoms of chickenpox
appear, an itchy
rash develops. During a typical course of
- Red or swollen spots or bumps appear and turn
into blisters that are filled with clear or cloudy fluid and that look like pimples.
blisters break open, often leaking fluid.
- A dry crust forms over
the broken blisters as they heal.
Chickenpox is most contagious from 2 to 3 days before the
rash appears until all the blisters have crusted over.
Other conditions may cause a similar rash.