A friend and I were talking about how we each had hchicken pox as adults. I’d always heard chicken pox was unbearably itchy, but in my case, there was no itch but nearly unbearable pain. I’d tell myself to just get through that minute, then just get through the next minute, and so on. I assumed the pain was due to having it as an adult, but my friend said she had no pain, just insane itching. She suggested that perhaps I’d actually had shingles, but I had evenly-distributed pox from my scalp to my toes and every symptom of chicken pox except the itching. Also, I hadn’t had chicken pox before.
I didn’t go to the doctor because I had no health insurance at the time.
I can’t find anything about painful chicken pox. Was I just an anomaly? (Wouldn’t be the first time.) Or is adult chicken pox more likely to be painful than itchy? Do children get chicken pox that’s painful instead of itchy? Why would chicken pox be itchy for some people and painful in others?
Obviously at this time, I’m merely curious.