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Symptoms of Chickenpox

Symptoms start 10 to 21 days after a person has come in contact with the virus.
Before the classic rash, a person may have:
  • Fever
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Headache
  • Belly pain
A person will then get a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters. It may spread over the whole body, including the mouth, eyelids, and genitals. The blisters will burst and scab over in 4 to 7 days. The scabs fall off in about 3 weeks.

References

Chickenpox. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/chickenpox. Accessed September 8, 2020.
Chickenpox. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/chickenpox.html. Accessed September 8, 2020.
Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox. Accessed September 8, 2020.
Gershon AA, Breuer J, et al. Varicella zoster virus infection. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2015 Jul 2;1:15016.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN
  • Review Date: 03/2020
  • Update Date: 03/23/2021