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Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Chickenpox may be defined as a high contagious illness caused by primary infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV).Chicken Pox most commonly starts with vesicular skin rash generally on the body and head rather than at the periphery and become itchy raw pockmarks which mostly heal without scarring. Chicken Pox in simple words is a contagious disease, mainly in children, caused by a virus and marked by low-grade fever and production of blister like spots; also known as varicella. The virus can cause a painful condition called shingles.

 

Symptoms of Chicken Pox

Some of symptoms of Chicken Pox are:

  • A rash that usually begins on the body and face and later often spreads to the scalp and limbs.
  • It may also spread to the mucous membranes especially in the mouth and on the genitals.
  • The rash is often itchy.
  • It begins as small red spots which develop into blisters in a couple of hours.
  • After one or two days, the blisters turn into scabs.
  • New blisters may appear after three to six days.
  • The number of blisters differs greatly from one person to another.
  • The infected person may run a temperature. 

Causes of Chicken Pox

 

Causes of Chicken Pox are described below:

  • It can also spread through the air, if you are near someone with chickenpox who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Mothers with chickenpox can also give it to their newborn babies after birth. You may have a Sensitive skin.
  • You may have used a Strong soap or taken a long bubble bath.
  • Long Illnesses.
  • Changes in diet such as weaning or changing from breast milk to formula.
  • Inhalation of airborne respiratory droplets of an infected person
  • Contact with broken chickenpox blisters
  • Weak immune system
  • Persistent wrong feeding of children

Home Remedies for Chicken Pox

The most effective home remedies for Chicken Pox are:

  • One of the most effective ways of treating chicken pox would be using brown vinegar. Add ˝ cup vinegar to lukewarm bathwater.
  • Add 2 tbsp marigold flowers and 1 tsp hazel leaves in a cup of water and steep them overnight. In the morning, grind it and apply the mixture on the rash. It would help relieve the itching.
  • Put a bowl of water in a pan and add green peas to it. Place it on flame and set it to boil. Once boiled, strain the water and apply it on the affected area.
  • Sandalwood oil also proves helpful in treating chicken pox. Apply the oil on the rashes right from the time chicken pox appears till its last days. It would also prevent scars from blemishing the skin.
  • Coat the affected area with honey. It would not only relieve you of the irritation, but would also heal the rash.
  • Grind oatmeal into a fine powder. Add 2 cups of this powder to the bath water.
  •  Consumption of carrot and coriander soup would be beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. Take about 100 grams of carrots and 60 grams of fresh coriander and finely chop them. Boil this mixture for a while. Strain the concoction, cool it down and drink it once a day.
  • Immerse a handful of Neem leaves in your bath water. It would provide healing effect and cure you of irritation.
  • Application of Vitamin E oil on the rashes is another effective home remedy for chicken pox. Not only does it help prevent the itching, but also removes the scars quickly.
  • Make a tea using chamomile, Basil, marigold and lemon balm. Add a pinch of cinnamon, honey, and lemon to enhance its healing property. Consuming this tea several times a day would be very beneficial.

Chicken Pox Treatment and Advice

 Treatment and Advice for Chicken Pox are:

  • You can give cool-water baths every 3-4 hours, adding baking soda to the water to calm itching.
  • Trimming fingernails can help prevent infection from scratching the blisters. If you have a small infant with chickenpox, cover the child's hands with mittens to minimize scratching.
  • Never give aspirin to a child because aspirin has been associated with R eye syndrome. 

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