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My son who is 15 has a bad case of chicken pocks though i am a little concerned as he has a lot of pain in his neck which looks a little swollen at the back and behind his ears seems swollen too.He says he also has shooting pains in his head and feels dizzy.Is this normal in teens who have chicken pocks or is this something else? He doesnt seem himself and has not much of appetite either. Is this common with chicken pocks as my two younger children have just recovered without any of these symptoms.

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replied July 21st, 2010
Measles and Mumps Answer A14451
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the swollen neck with pain and swelling behind the ears as well. You have also made a mention of shooting pains in the head along with the feeling of dizziness and a suggested diagnosis of chickenpox.
Older children, teenagers and young adults are likely to have more severe cases of chicken pox than young children. They usually have more sores, run a temperature for longer, and may experience some nausea.
Initial symptoms of chicken pox are usually ignored. One may have slight nasal congestion, a loss in appetite, or one may feel tired or run down. These symptoms may occur for a day or two before other manifestations of chicken pox. Most children with chickenpox act sick, with symptoms such as a fever, headache, tummy ache, or loss of appetite for a day or two before breaking out in the classic pox rash. The outcome is generally excellent in uncomplicated cases. Encephalitis, pneumonia, and other invasive bacterial infections are serious, but rare, complications of chickenpox.
In your son's case, the second possibility is of measles which shall also be ruled out in consultation with your personal physician.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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