The driveway to the Kay Jewelers Pavilion on our Akron Campus will be closed for 2-4 weeks beginning Oct. 10. Click HERE for details.
Go to homepage

How Did Chickenpox Get Its Name?

How did chickenpox get its name?
Martha

The name chickenpox has been around for centuries, and there are a number of theories as to how it got its name. One is that it's from the blisters that are seen with the illness. These red spots — which are about 1/5 inch to 2/5 inch (5mm to 10mm) wide — were once thought to look like chickpeas (garbanzo beans).

Another theory is that the rash of chickenpox looks like the peck marks caused by a chicken. But, in case you were wondering, chickenpox can't be caught from a chicken!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date Reviewed: 14-05-2015