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Are fever, cough and boils on back and thigh signs of chicken pox?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: My 12 year old son is having slight fever from last night with light cough. Few boils also appear on back, thigh and side waist. Is it Chicken Pox? Please advice.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes looks like it

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
I have seen the pictures
Based on your description and the image, it could be chickenpox.
Confirmation will be by tzanck smear test for which you need to consult your local hospital.
Treatment is available for chickenpox.
I usually prescribe acyclovir tablets 400 mg four times daily for 5 days.
This needs to be taken after clinical or lab confirmation.
Continue paracetamol for fever.
Ensure he takes bath daily to help in healing.
He must drink plenty of liquids to keep him hydrated.
Keep him off school till lesions become dry and form scab.
Wishing your son speedy recovery.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (3 days later)
It is Chicken Pox as confirmed by local GP. He is having fever today with rashes, water filled blisters on face, chest, stomach, bums, shoulder, head and one over eye lid. which medicine do you prescribe and how long will it last? please advise. He also feel tired & exhausted and mostly keep sleeping.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Acyclovir

Detailed Answer:
As already mentioned in previous answer.
Acyclovir tablet.
It might last a week.
If he becomes dull with poor intake and poor urine output better to take him to hospital. He may need Iv fluids too.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Are fever, cough and boils on back and thigh signs of chicken pox?

Brief Answer: Yes looks like it Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. I have seen the pictures Based on your description and the image, it could be chickenpox. Confirmation will be by tzanck smear test for which you need to consult your local hospital. Treatment is available for chickenpox. I usually prescribe acyclovir tablets 400 mg four times daily for 5 days. This needs to be taken after clinical or lab confirmation. Continue paracetamol for fever. Ensure he takes bath daily to help in healing. He must drink plenty of liquids to keep him hydrated. Keep him off school till lesions become dry and form scab. Wishing your son speedy recovery. Regards Dr Arun