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Chickenpox on the Face

Varicella Lesions are Itchy and Painful


Updated August 11, 2010

Chickenpox on face
Image courtesy CDC/Dr. John Noble, Jr.
Chickenpox (varicella) is a disease common in kids. It usually looks like a cluster of blisters covering the whole body and concentrated mostly on the face, back, chest and belly. It might also cause a fever before the blisters. Symptoms are worse in adolescents and adults.

Chickenpox can lead to brain swelling and pneumonia. The blisters can get infected with bacteria.

There is a vaccine for varicella available. People who've had the vaccine can still get sick if exposed, but the disease will be much more mild.

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Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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