Chickenpox is also called as a Varicella that is caused by varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox is a mild diseased condition that most of the children catch at one or the other time in their childhoods. It is most common in the winter and spring season and generally affects plenty of children at the same time, nearly about once in every three years. This is known as an epidemic condition.
Causes of Chicken Pox
Inhalation of airborne respiratory droplets of an infected person
Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)
Contact with broken chickenpox blisters
Weak immune system
- Persistent wrong feeding of children
Symptoms of Chicken Pox
Following are the major chicken pox symptoms:
Low grade fever
Mild headache and weakness
Rash appears on the upper chest or back
Treatments of Chicken Pox
Most cases of chickenpox can be managed at home. Chickenpox rash tends to be extremely itchy. Several treatments can be used at home to help a child feel better.
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 Reye syndrome.
Occasionally a child will develop blisters in the mouth, making eating or drinking painful. A person must continue to drink fluids to prevent dehydration. To alleviate pain, provide cold fluids (ice pops are one suggestion) and soft bland foods.
Avoid any foods that are spicy, hot, or acidic (for instance, orange juice).
Keep children at home from school and daycare until all blisters have crusted. A child with chickenpox is extremely contagious until the last crop of blisters has crusted.
Natural Home Remedies for Chicken Pox
Following are some of the effective home remedies for chicken pox:
Pure honey smeared on the scabs helps in clearing up scars.
Another way to clear scars quickly is to apply Vitamin E oil on the affected areas.
Prepare a mixture by adding ½ tspn of Baking soda in 1 glass of water. Sponge the person with this. When soda dries on the skin it controls the itchiness and irritation.
Boil two cups of oatmeal in two liters of water for fifteen minutes. This mixture is then put into a cloth bag, preferably cotton, and a string is tied tightly around the top. This bag is allowed to float in a tub of warm water, and swished around until the water becomes turbid. Precaution should be taken to ensure that the bag is not torn. It is an effective natural remedy for relieving the itch due to chicken pox.
Take 100 gm of carrots and 60 gm of fresh coriander. Cut them into small pieces and boiled for a while. The residue should be discarded. This soup should be taken once a day for treating chicken pox.
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