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Pediatrics/Children's Health

Chicken Pox Exposure
By Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM

Q. My four year old was recently exposed to Chicken Pox at pre-school. How long after exposure do the spots occur?

A. As a general rule, 10 days to two weeks, but they can wait for up to three weeks.

Kids will run a fever, then begin to break out in spots, usually on the abdomen first, then spreading to the arms, legs, and face. They are contagious from the time they begin to run a fever until ALL the spots are scabbed over (about a week).


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