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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Atypical Chicken Poxs

 Leah - Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:26 am

Can chicken pox ever appear as nodules, rather than pus filled soft spots?

My daughter is 7, had varivax, had 5-7 spots when sister got chicken pox last year.

Pediatrician says that it's not chicken pox due to nodules rather than soft and pus filled. He thinks they are bug bites. I've not been to med school---

But, the process is going just like it did last year when sister got it. (she's also been exposed to several classmates with chicken pox in the past month)

4 spots Sunday (when we were travelling)
8 on Tues
15 on Wed am
25 by Wed evening
7 more new ones today

None have ever broken - but she has scratched a few and gotten scabs.

most are reabsorbing and getting smaller.

what else could it be?

bug bites don't make sense to me- given that we were traveling when they first appeared and are getting worse now that we are home.

the spots are spread across her body- face - forehead, cheek, and chin; several in scalp; behind knee; lower leg; one on chest; many on back- scattered - most shoulders, sides, one in center of back. No localization of spots.

Any ideas welcomed.

 dlugose - Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:00 am

It seems possible it was chickenpox. Maybe no one wanted to venture to disagree with your doctor, not seeing them for ourselves. A detailed description including other symptoms is at with other information at
By now you probably already made your mind up, but it is useful to be able to tell your children later what diseases they had or were exposed to.

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