The course of chicken pox often looks like this:
- Chickenpox usually starts with a cold that can be accompanied by a fever and a lumpy feeling.
- After one to two days, the first bumps appear on the trunk. These then extend to the face, arms, legs and hairy scalp.
- These bumps then cause blisters that are very itchy. The blisters are filled with clear fluid. Blisters can even form in the mouth, on the eyelids and on the scalp.
- After a few days, the blisters dry out to scabs.
- The scabs will disappear after about ten days.
Is Chicken Pox Contagious?
Yes, chicken pox is extremely contagious. The chicken pox virus can be transmitted by talking, sneezing, and coughing . The virus can also be transmitted through the fluid from the vesicles. Two days before the blisters develop, your child can already infect others. Chickenpox remains contagious until the blisters have dried up. The incubation period for chicken pox is about 14 to 21 days.