Symptoms of chickenpox.
Chickenpox infection appears anytime between 10 and 21 days after your child has been exposed to the virus. Once you see the physical signs it will normally last between 5 to 10 days. The rash and spots are the obvious signs that it is chickenpox. Others signs that may show up a day or two before the spots include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Cranky and complaining of being unwell.
Once the spots and rash appear it goes through these three phases.
- Raised red bumps (papules), which break out over several days.
- Small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), forming from the raised bumps over about one day before breaking and leaking.
- Crusts and scabs, which cover the broken blisters and take several more days to heal.
The bumps will appear over the course of several days and this could give your child all three stages at once, bumps, blisters and lesions. Once your child is infected they can spread the virus for up to 48 hours before the rash appears, and contrary to what some people believe your child can still be contagious when the spots are breaking out. It is only when all the spots are crusted over that the chickenpoxs can no longer be spread.
If your child is healthy the disease is generally mild and is nothing to worry about. In severe cases the rash can spread over the entire body and infect the throat, eyes, basically the whole body. If you are in anyway worried contact your doctor immediately.