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What are the symptoms of chickenpox?

Answered by Dr Claire Winstanley
14th March 2016
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The most common indication that your child has chickenpox is the appearance of red, itchy spots that turn into blisters. Before this, your little one may display some mild flu-like symptoms. These include:​

  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • high temperature (38 Celsius or over)
  • sore, aching muscles

The first spot will often appear soon after the flu-like symptoms and it can spread in a number of different ways. Some children will only have a few visible spots, whereas others may be covered all over their body. The spots will usually first appear on the chest, belly and face, before later spreading to the scalp and limbs. However the spots can appear anywhere, including the inside of the mouth and ears, soles of feet, on the palms of the hands and inside the nappy area. After the rash begins, new waves of spots can continue to appear for 3-5 days afterwards.

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