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.
Chickenpox starts with red spots, they can appear anywhere on the body. The spots fill with fluid and the blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.
If you or your child has Chickenpox, 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.
You can help relieve symptoms by:
Make sure you don’t:
Speak to a GP if:
Tell the receptionist you think it’s chickenpox before going in. They may recommend a special appointment time if other patients are at risk.
Ask for an urgent GP Appointment if:
In these situations, your GP can prescribe medicine to prevent complications. You need to take it within 24 hours of the spots coming out.