Symptoms of Chickenpox


General information about symptoms of Chickenpox: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Chickenpox. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Chickenpox. Furthermore, symptoms of Chickenpox may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Chickenpox.

List of symptoms of Chickenpox: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Chickenpox includes:

Symptoms of Chickenpox: Chickenpox has a characteristic itchy rash, which then forms blisters that dry and become scabs in 4-5 days. The rash may be the first sign of illness, sometimes coupled with fever and general malaise which is usually more severe in adults. An infected person may have anywhere from only a few lesions to more than 500 lesions on their body during an attack (average 300-400). 1

Early symptoms include aching, tiredness, fever, and sore throat. Then, an itchy, blister-like rash appears.2

More symptoms of Chickenpox: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Chickenpox, underlying causes of Chickenpox, associated conditions for Chickenpox, risk factors for Chickenpox, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC
2. excerpt from Shots for Safety - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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