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Diagnosis of Chickenpox

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. Chickenpox is usually diagnosed based on the rash.

Rarely, tests may be done to look for signs of the virus. This can be done with blood tests, a skin smear, or a viral culture.

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Chickenpox. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/chickenpox.html. Accessed September 8, 2020.

Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox. Accessed September 8, 2020.

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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Shawna Grubb, RN  Last Updated: 3/19/2021