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What are the different phases of chickenpox?

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Within a day or two, you’ll develop the telltale chickenpox rash. It unfolds in three phases.

During the first phase, you’ll develop itchy, raised, pink or red bumps. As many as 250 to 500 of them can pop up all over your body.

Over the next several days, these bumps will turn into small, fluid-filled blisters. They last about a day before they pop and start to leak.

Finally, these open wounds crust over and turn into scabs. As they heal, new bumps appear.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Chickenpox? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox,” “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox).”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about Chickenpox for Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “Chickenpox,” “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?”

New York State Department of Health: “Chickenpox.”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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