Chickenpox is sometimes misdiagnosed as Herpes

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Herpes, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Chickenpox.

Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease of childhood caused by the virus varicells-zoster virus. Symptoms of chicken pox include a low grade fever, malaise, intensely itchy skin due to the characteristic spotty rash of blisters that occur all over the body and limbs. They then burst and develop crusts later on in the disease progression. Chicken pox can be misdiagnosed as disseminated herpes simplex virus, enterovirus disease, and dermatomal vesicular disease. If mistaken for another virus and not treated properly, chicken pox can lead to scarring, cellulitis, pneumonia, encephalitis, bleeding disorders and death.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Very itchy skin rash, low grade fever, malaise, ulcers in areas including the mouth and vagina

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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