What are the signs and symptoms of pediatric chickenpox?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The following are the most common presenting symptoms of varicella:

  • Low-grade fever preceding skin manifestations by 1-2 days

  • Complaints of abdominal pain by some children

  • Pleomorphic rash, usually starting on the head and trunk and spreading to the rest of the body

  • Typically, complaints of intense pruritus

  • Headache

  • Malaise

  • Anorexia

  • Cough and coryza

  • Sore throat

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