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How to distinguish chicken pox ?

I believe my son has Chicken Pox , but someone has told me that a child he may have been in contact with has hand, foot and mouth -- how do I tell the difference? He has spots in his scalp, on his neck, in his mouth -- well pretty much all over his body. They start as a red spot, then seem to turn into blisters, and now the first ones(which appeared on sunday)have gone from being clear to cloudy? But I can t seem to find information to distinguish the two? Help please!
Mon, 20 Jun 2011
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Hi,thanks for query.In case of chicken pox the lesions apper in crops,and are all over body including inside mouth.You will variety of lesions,means new and old togather in different stages.In hand ,foot and mouth disease as the name suggests there involvement of hand,foot and mouth only ,wide sperad lesions normally does not occur.wishing him good health.
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How to distinguish chicken pox ?

Hi,thanks for query.In case of chicken pox the lesions apper in crops,and are all over body including inside mouth.You will variety of lesions,means new and old togather in different stages.In hand ,foot and mouth disease as the name suggests there involvement of hand,foot and mouth only ,wide sperad lesions normally does not occur.wishing him good health.