Chickenpox - Symptoms


It usually affects those who haven’t had chickenpox earlier or those who haven’t taken the chickenpox vaccine.

The symptoms that appear 1-2 days before rashes occur include:

  • High fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache

The initial symptoms are quickly followed by the development of a red rash.The rash usually appears on the chest and/or back first, later it spreads to the face, arms and legs. You may also get spots inside the mouth and nose.

After 24 to 48 hours the rash gets developed into small red spots. Some people may have only a few spots whereas others will have hundreds.The spots then quickly turn into the fluid filled blisters surrounded by reddened skin.After 4- 5 days the yellow blisters will burst and dry. Then it turns into the scabs. The spots usually take around 16 days to heal completely.

The symptoms are more severe in adults than in children. Adults are more likely to have rounded, hollowed-out scars on the skin, known as 'pockmarks' as a result of chickenpox infection.