What Does Chicken Pox Look Like?

When you first see chicken pox you'll notice little red bumps; turning into blisters, and then into scabs.

Seeing that it can take a few days before the visual signs of chicken pox to appear, you might have the varicella zoster virus, which causes chicken pox, and not even know it. When the red bumps begin to appear, it is normally clear that you or whoever has the virus is infected.

Keep in mind, because a person is contagious before showing the evident symptoms it might spread without them even knowing it.

The Different Stages

The symptom that people ask most about is "What does chicken pox look like?" The pox varies in appearance because the virus has distinctive stages (First Stages of Chicken Pox -

Rash - 1st Stage

Image: Chicken Pox Rash

Chicken pox starts out looking like a rash. There will be many little red bumps on the skin. Over 2-5 days additional batches of red bumps will appear on the skin.

Before the rash appears, the person is capable of spreading the virus. Unlike other rashes, the bumps start to blister.

Blisters - 2nd Stage

Image: Chicken Pox Blisters

As more bumps appear, within days, the first bumps will begin to blister. The fluid inside is highly contagious and can easily spread the chicken pox virus if it comes in contact with someone who has not had chicken pox.

Once the blisters break open, they will scab over.

Scabs - 3rd Stage

Image: Chicken Pox Scabs

A person who only has chicken pox scabs will look bad, but it is actually a sign that the disease has nearly finished its course. When there is no longer a rash or blisters, the chicken pox sufferer is no longer being contagious.

Once the blisters break open, they will scab over (Chicken Pox Scars).


When chicken pox gets infected they will look red and puffy. If a MRSA infection develops, the pox will get worse fast and will not run its course and heal. A medical professional should be contacted if the chicken pox looks like they are infected.

Chicken Pox Recurrence

Learn about Chicken Pox Recurrence.