Most parents know that the classic symptom of chickenpox is a red and itchy rash, but would you recognize it if you saw it? Maybe not. Before the vaccine for chickenpox was introduced in the United States in 1995, the disease was extremely common. These days, incidences of chickenpox have dropped so dramatically that some young doctors may have never seen a case of chickenpox firsthand, says Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., division director, infectious diseases at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious disease. If there are doctors who haven't seen the disease, there are plenty of parents who haven't either. Here are some clues that your child's rash is likely chickenpox:
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