Does chicken pox require doctor?

Korina - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi,

My 3 year old stepson seems to have chicken pox. I've researched and started using things to relieve his itching, but I'm wondering if I need to take him to the doctor to be checked out? I know there may not be much they can do for him, but I don't want it to be something other than chicken pox and end up being dangerous! I'm leaning toward taking him in the morning. Opinions?

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Jodi - posted on 01/31/2013

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Not necessarily, but it depends on the symptoms he is experiencing. And it depends on how certain you are it is chicken pox. My son had chicken pox, I knew it was chicken pox because it was going around the daycare centre (and they called me when he broke out in the spots). But he never had a fever, never appeared distressed, didn't really itch a lot and I never bothered taking him to a doctor. However, symptoms vary, and it CAN become life threatening. Itchiness can also cause scratching and lead to infection. So you need to keep a close eye on it. If at any point he seems to be distressed, definitely get him to a doctor.

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