• Introduction 

    Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself within a week without needing to see a GP.

    Check if it’s chickenpox

    1. Chickenpox starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body.
    2. The spots fill with fluid and become blisters. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.
    3. The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.
  • Other symptoms

    You might get symptoms before or after the spots, including:

    • a high temperature above 38C
    • aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
    • loss of appetite

    Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults.

    It’s possible to get chickenpox more than once, although it’s unusual.


    You’ll need to stay away from school, nursery or work until all the spots have crusted over. This is usually 5 days after the spots first appeared.

    Information from NHS Website.