Chickenpox and shingles are highly contagious diseases that are characterized by extremely itchy, raised spots all over the skin. Here's everything you need to know about these painful conditions.
Child Chickenpox Symptoms
In children, chickenpox tends to begin with flu-like symptoms, including a mild fever, headache, sore throat, and stomachache. These symptoms may last a few days before any visual symptoms are produced.
The tell-tale rash will usually begin as a cluster of small, red bumps that resemble insect bites or pimples, which will then grow into blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, there will be open sores, which will eventually become dry scabs. The rash will typically first appear on the abdomen, back, or face. It then spreads to the rest of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs, and genitals. There will usually be blisters of all three stages in different parts of the body at one time.
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