Symptoms usually occur 10-21 days after contact with the chickenpox virus. Initial symptoms may include:
Within 1-2 days after the initial symptoms, a rash develops.
Characteristics of the rash include:
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Last reviewed February 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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