Chicken Pox and Shingles

Illness and Health Conditions

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, although you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself within a week without needing to see a GP.

You might get symptoms before or after the spots, including:

  • A high temperature above 38C
  • Aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
  • Loss of appetite

Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults.

It's possible to get chickenpox more than once, although it's unusual.

Photographs of chicken pox, can be seen on the NHS website in the useful links section.     



Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash. Get advice from 111 as soon as possible if you think you have it.

The first signs of shingles can be:

  • Tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin
  • Headache or feeling generally unwell
  • Rash will appear a few days later.

Usually you get shingles on your chest and tummy, but it can appear on your face, eyes and genitals.

Photographs of shingles, can be seen on the NHS website in the useful links section.   


Useful links:

Chickenpox - NHS

Shingles - NHS

Illness and Health Conditions