My child has chickenpox and has red bumps on his eyelids. Should I be concerned?

Q: My child has chickenpox and has red bumps on his eyelids. Should I be concerned, and what is the significance of the eyelids?

My child has chickenpox and has red bumps on his eyelids. Should I be concerned?
My child has chickenpox and has red bumps on his eyelids. Should I be concerned?

A: Nancy Snyderman, M.D., F.A.C.SO: Chickenpox is a very common and very contagious childhood disease. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes family. For most young children, chickenpox is an uncomfortable, but mild disease. It can cause serious complications in young infants and in people of all ages with weakened immune systems.

Regarding chickenpox on the eyelids, when you get conflicting answers from different nurses, do not hesitate to ask to speak with the pediatrician. Tell the doctor you are confused and explain why.

With chickenpox in children, bumps on the eyelids are not a major cause for concern, but it is a good idea to call the doctor anyway if you are worried. You should definitely see the doctor if there are any sign the bumps are infected, meaning they contain pus or are swollen and painful.

The good news is that chickenpox usually goes away within 10 days.