Chickenpox often starts with red itchy spots (Picture 1). Some children may only have a few spots, but other children can have spots that cover their entire body. These are most likely to appear on the face, ears and scalp, under the arms, on the chest and stomach, and on the arms and legs.
The spots then fill with fluid and become blisters (Picture 2). The blisters often burst and scab, which eventually fall off.
You may notice other symptoms before or after the spots appear, including:
• A high temperature
• Aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
• Loss of appetite