Skin infection is the most common complication of chickenpox. Skin infections occur when bacteria from your skin or under your fingernails get into a chickenpox blister. Sometimes a skin infection from chickenpox can be serious.
Other complications of chickenpox are rare. They include:
The following complications of chickenpox are very rare:
Women who are pregnant when they have chickenpox are at risk for complications such as premature labor or varicella pneumonia, and the fetus is at risk of developing chickenpox. Fetuses with chickenpox are more likely to develop birth defects or other complications before and after birth. Newborn babies can also get chickenpox when their mother has the illness within a few days of delivery.
Last Revised: October 13, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.