Chickenpox causes spots a rash and can make you feel unwell.
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When to contact your GP 1. Find out what you can do to stop chickenpox spreading. Adults or teenagers over the age of 14 with chickenpox may be advised to take an antiviral medicine - but only if it can be started within 24 hours of the rash first developing. Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. Chickenpox is contagious for 1 to 2 days before the rash starts and until the blisters have all dried and become scabs.
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How is chickenpox treated? Privacy Terms Ad policy Careers. The blisters usually dry and become scabs within 5 to 7 days of the onset of the rash.