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Here is a quick mnemonic ” CHICKEN POX “ to remember about the Chicken Pox (Varicella) Rash

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). One of the characteristic symptoms of chickenpox is the development of a rash. Here’s some information about the chickenpox rash:

Appearance: The chickenpox rash typically begins as small, red, itchy bumps or spots on the skin. These bumps may resemble insect bites or pimples. Over time, the bumps develop into fluid-filled blisters or vesicles. Eventually, the blisters burst and scab over.

Chicken Pox (Varicella) Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • C – Children are usually affected by this disease
  • H – Highly contagious and spread through airborne particles
  • I – Incidence has decreased by 90% in the U.S. due to vaccination
  • C – Crusting of pustules is a common symptom
  • K – Known for its intensely pruritic rash
  • E – Erythematous base with “dewdrops on a rose petal” appearance
  • N – Normally a mild disease in healthy children
  • P – Papules evolve into vesicles and then into pustules
  • O – Often affects the scalp and mouth
  • X – Xtra caution is necessary when dealing with adults and immunocompromised children who may suffer from severe complications.

Mnemonic :  CHICKEN POX

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department