Chicken pox is normally caused by a virus called varicella zoster which is a member of the herpes virus family. It mostly occurs in children of elementary school age.
They build up a rash of spots that appear like blisters and this rash occurs all over the body.
Most blisters are very small and occur on an area of skin that is red. This area of red skin varies in size from an eraser size to the size of a dime.
Chicken pox is enormously itchy and may be accompanied with a runny nose and a cough as well as occasionally a fever. This infection is awfully contagious.
Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. People who get the virus often develop a rash of spots that look like blisters all over their bodies. The blisters are small and sit on an area of red skin that can be wherever from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a dime.
You've probably heard that chickenpox is itchy. It's true. The illness also may come along with a runny nose and cough. But the good news is that chickenpox is a widespread illness for kids, and most get better by inactive just like you do with a cold or the flu.
Chickenpox is frequently a mild illness, but can affect some infants, teens, adults, and people with weak immune systems more severely.
Some people can develop serious bacterial infection linking the skin, lungs, bones, joints, and the brain (encephalitis). Even kids with normal immune systems can occasionally develop complications, most commonly a skin infection near the blisters.
Chicken Pox Treatment
Avoid scratching the blisters because of the risk of infection. Cut the nails short or make the patient wear gloves.
Pay thought to personal hygiene.
Calamine lotion will help to relieve the itching.
Keep the patient in cold setting as heat and sweat may make the itching worse.
In attacks of chickenpox where the itching is so serious that the child's sleep is totally disturbed, antihistamine medications with a heavily sedative result can be used.
Antihistamines are medication for allergic reactions, motion sickness or insomnia. What complications might arise?
Bacteria may infect the blisters.
Home Remedy for Chicken Pox
One of the most effectual ways of treating chicken pox would be using brown vinegar. Add ½ cup vinegar to lukewarm bathwater. Apart from lessening the frustration, it would also help heal the lesions.
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 combination 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 exaggerated area. This would relieve the irritation and itching.
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 exaggerated 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. For better results, add one to one and a half cup of sweltering soda to the same water. It would help in healing the lesions
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