Bumps That Look Like Chicken Pox

Bumps That Look Like Chicken Pox?


We’ve received a large number of inquiries from users asking about bumps that look like chicken pox?”, to which we’ve responded with detailed information. However, we decided a review for others who might have the same question.  If you are unsure if you or a loved one has chicken pox, chat with a doctor at Just Health Experts to be sure.

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is an infection that is caused by a virus. It is very contagious and is spread through spit and contact with the rash. But, patients who have already had it cannot catch it again. Recently, a vaccine was developed, because of the risk for serious complications. Usually, symptoms will appear 10-21 days after exposure. The patient will have symptoms for 5-10 days.

The symptoms to look for with chickenpox include fever, loss of appetite, headache, or tiredness.

A patient will also have a rash, which is the hallmark of this infection. The rash changes during the infection, so it is common for patients to ask, does this rash look like chicken pox.

What does Chicken Pox Look Like?

Generally, the rash goes through three different phases. First, it looks like raised pink or red bumps. Second, the bumps transform into small fluid-filled blisters. Usually, within a day, the blisters break and leak. Finally, the blisters will crust and scab. These scabbed blisters take a few days to heal.  Therefore, these raised bumps are very itchy. Since chickenpox can be spread through contact with the rash, it is important to not scratch. Also, scratching the rash can lead to scarring.


Complications are rare, but in some cases, you may need to see a doctor. Therefore, if you have any of these complications you should seek medical attention.

  • A rash is in one or both eyes
  • Rash gets warm and red
  • A patient is feeling any of the other symptoms
    • Dizzy
    • Confused
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Shaking
    • Loss of coordination
    • Worsening cough
    • Vomiting
    • Stiff neck
    • High fever (over 102F)
    • Someone in the house has a compromised immune system
    • Someone in the house if less than 6 months old


Please seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms. You might have another infection that will need treatment. Or, you might have a complication from the infection that requires treatment. Overall, this infection is mild and will go away on its own.

For more information about chickenpox, and to decide if you or a loved one need medical attention, you can chat with a doctor at Just Health Experts.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

LinkedIn Profile Link: www.linkedin.com/in/larisa-roybal

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