What does chicken pox look like in the early stages?
Yah, it really does sound like chicken pox. I got them (for the second time!) when I was 16 and thought I was breaking out in the most awful pimples ever. LOL! If it is chicken pox and she’s got them that bad now then at least you won’t have to worry about her getting them twice like I did. I wouldn’t go rushing her to the ER (unless she develops a high fever) but it would be wise to put in an after-hours call to her pediatrician. He/she would better determine if it’s chicken pox and if an ER call is necessary. Plus, are you sure she hasn’t had a vaccination against chicken pox? It’s pretty well standard nowadays and if that’s the case then you definetly need to call the pediatrician. Also, it’s possible that it’s a bad allergic reaction so watch her closely.
The first symptoms of chickenpox often are a fever, a headache, and a sore throat. You or your child may feel sick, tired, and not very hungry. The chickenpox rash usually appears about 1 or 2 days after the first symptoms start. Some children get the chickenpox rash without having a fever or other early symptoms. It usually takes 14 to 16 days to get the symptoms of chickenpox after you have been around someone with the virus. This is called the incubation period. After a chickenpox red spot appears, it usually takes about 1 or 2 days for the spot to go through all its stages. This includes blistering, bursting, drying, and crusting over. New red spots will appear every day for up to 5 to 7 days. Call your health professional immediately if you or your child with chickenpox develops: A severe headache or constant vomiting, sensitivity to bright light, or unusual sleepiness or confusion. These may be signs of inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). Problems breathing or persistent co
Chicken pox mostly resemble tiny water blisters–or some not so tiny. Eventually they break and crust over. Usually they are accompanied by a fever and headache, although not always. The only way to be sure is to have a Dr look at them. If she is showing no signs of stress, I would wait til monday to have her looked at. Rashes are hard to diagnose–could be any number of things. It’s best to have an MD decide.