Other conditions with symptoms similar to chickenpox

Other conditions that can cause a rash similar to the chickenpox rash include:

  • Infection with a different virus that also causes a skin rash.
  • Insect bites or scabies.
  • Allergic skin reaction to a medication.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis .
  • Erythema multiforme. This rash develops in the skin and mucous membranes (such as inside the mouth). It can be caused by an infection, an allergic reaction, or a disease condition. A severe form of this condition is Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
  • Rickettsialpox, caused by the bacteria Rickettsia akari, which is transmitted by mites.

Last Updated: May 21, 2008

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