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Symptoms of chickenpox include itchy spots that become blisters, then scabs. It can be anywhere on the body, including in the mouth.

Chickenpox usually gets better on its own after 1 to 2 weeks. You can ease symptoms with cooling creams, antihistamines and paracetamol.

You can catch chickenpox by being in the same room as someone with it. It's also spread by touching things that have fluid from the blisters on them.

Chickenpox is a very contagious infection that causes an itchy, spotty rash. It's common in children but adults can get it too.

Page last reviewed: 12/11/2021
Next review due: 12/11/2024