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What are the symptoms of chicken pox?

My 4 year old son has had a temperature sunday and monday and saying his tummy hurt, his head hurt and was feeling lethargic. Took him to GP yesterday who said it was probably a virus and keep eye on him. Today I sent him to school as was a lot better, but getting him changed tonight I noticed quite a few angry looking spots on both his legs, where there are quite a few grouped together on leg in particular with the scan around it very red and angry looking. I was wondering if this is chicken pox.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014
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From your description it does not sound like chickenpox. That usually starts on the trunk area and affects the legs and arms later. It also will start with small spots and bumps that progress into blisters, and is generally quite itchy. Other viruses can cause different types of rashes, so this might be related to that infection. You might want to mention the rash to your GP and see if s/he wants to take a look at it to be sure it's not something treatable. Hope this helps.
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What are the symptoms of chicken pox?

From your description it does not sound like chickenpox. That usually starts on the trunk area and affects the legs and arms later. It also will start with small spots and bumps that progress into blisters, and is generally quite itchy. Other viruses can cause different types of rashes, so this might be related to that infection. You might want to mention the rash to your GP and see if s/he wants to take a look at it to be sure it s not something treatable. Hope this helps.