This picture actually shows the three stages of the rash. The initial rash is a cluster of vesicles
on a red base. These blisters are delicate and open easily, creating an ulcer
. In areas of the skin that aren't moist, the ulcer crusts over. There is usually no scarring when the crust falls off. This is also different from chicken pox
, which may leave a scar after it heals.
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