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Question: Black chickenpox marks on the face

 shane291 - Fri May 01, 2009 1:32 am

Chickenpox marks first appeared on my face 10 days ago. I have black spots all over my face, replacing the earlier red ones. When will these disappear and what should be done so that the process can be speeded? And can I wash my face?

These black protrusions seem unlikely to fall out by themselves any soon. I know it isn't wise to scratch at these marks. Please tell me what steps can be taken.

I've included a picture of the black marks here:
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue May 05, 2009 5:47 pm

User avatar Hello,
This is the scabbing that is part of the normal healing process. The disease course usually runs about 10 days to two weeks and you are contagious until they are all scabbed over. You can wash your face, but don't pick the scabs as scarring will occur.

Good luck.


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