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Chickenpox is usually a mild childhood illness that causes a cough, cold and fever symptoms as well as a characteristic itchy, red, blistering rash. Most of us will have had this experience in our lifetimes.

Please follow the comprehensive advice on the NHS Inform website linked below. Further help and support is available from your local community pharmacy.

If you need to seek further advice because you or your child is very unwell with chickenpox or the NHS Inform article has suggested this, please submit an online medical consultation request for the Urgent Medical Problem Team giving us as much information about your problem as you can. You will get a same-day response usually by telephone or a time to attend the surgery for further assessment and examination.

So long as you are managing chickenpox symptoms well there is usually no need to seek further advice and there is no need to have chickenpox ‘confirmed’ by a clinician.

Please follow the advice about preventing the spread of chickenpox and regarding exclusion from school and work in the NHS Inform article.

Further information about chickenpox is available at NHS Inform.

f you cannot use the online service please call us on 0345 337 1120 and a member of the care navigation team will help you.