What does the characteristic chickenpox (varicella) vesicle look like?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The characteristic chickenpox vesicle, surrounded by an erythematous halo, is described as a dewdrop on a rose petal [15] (see the images below).

Dewdrop on rose petal characteristic vesicle of ch Dewdrop on rose petal characteristic vesicle of chickenpox. Reprinted with permission from Cutis 65: 355, 2000.
Vesicular eruption on the trunk demonstrating papu Vesicular eruption on the trunk demonstrating papules, vesicles, and crusts. Reprinted with permission from Cutis 65: 355, 2000.

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