Chickenpox history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aravind Reddy Kothagadi M.B.B.S[2]

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Overview

Chickenpox presents as a characteristic rash with numerous, spread out lesions. Symptoms usually start as low-grade fever and skin manifestations appear by 1-2 days. Rash initially appears on the head, trunk and then spreads to the rest of the body (centrifugal spread) with intense pruritus, headache, malaise, anorexia, cough, coryza, tiredness and loss of appetite.

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Common symptoms

The common presenting symptoms of varicella include: [1]

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The less common presenting symptoms of varicella include:

References

  1. Sauerbrei A (2016). "Diagnosis, antiviral therapy, and prophylaxis of varicella-zoster virus infections". Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 35 (5): 723–34. doi:10.1007/s10096-016-2605-0. PMID 26873382.

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