Home remedies for chicken pox

November 12, 2012

Home remedies for chicken pox

Chicken pox is an extremely common, highly infectious viral infection most usually thought of as a childhood illness – this is, however, far from the truth. Cases of chicken pox in adults frequently occur and may be more severe than those cases seen in children. The fairly recent introduction of a chicken pox vaccine has lead to a vast reduction in cases and associated outbreaks of the disease.

Chicken pox is highly contagious before any symptoms appear – it is this factor which contributes to the easy and rapid transmission of the virus. The classic symptoms of chicken pox include a blistery rash which dries out and scabs over, itching which may feel almost intolerable, fever, fatigue and loss of appetite.

Due to its contagious nature chicken pox patients should be isolated from the elderly, the very young, those who have never had the disease and other vulnerable groups.

Varicella virus

The varicella virus, which is responsible for causing chicken pox, is also responsible for other herpes infections including cold sores and shingles. Shingles is a particularly unpleasant condition which can be potentially dangerous for vulnerable patients; shingles is also known to leave patients with long term, debilitating neural pain. Although it is commonly thought that individuals can only suffer from one bout of chicken pox this is not the case, many people get the disease more than once. Once the virus has deactivated it remains dormant within the body and maybe reactivated later in life as a result of stress or infection.

How to stop the itching!

The itching associated with chicken pox is probably the most distressing of the symptoms – scratching the blisters will damage the skin and may lead to scarring and will of course spread the infection as the fluid within the blister is released. There are many home remedies which may ease the itching and other symptoms associated with chicken pox – be prepared to try several until you find the one that works most successfully for you or your patient.

  • Boil a pan of green peas, use the strained water to bathe the affected areas

  • Applying sandalwood oil to the rash may reduce itching and scarring

  • Using honey to coat the rash may increase the rate of healing as well as relieving the irritation.

  • The addition of fine oatmeal and/or baking soda to a warm bath is soothing and reduces itching.

  • Make and consume a batch of carrot and coriander soup

  • Add neem leaves to your warm bath – find these at your ethnic food shop.

  • Use vitamin E oil to reduce inflammation, scarring and itching

  • Drink herbal tea with added honey, lemon and cinnamon to boost its healing and soothing properties. Choose chamomile, basil, and Marigold and lemon balm teas.

  • Add vinegar or apple cider vinegar to warm bath water

  • Add baking soda to warm water and sponge the affected areas, allowing the solution to dry on the body.

  • Use oily chamomile lotion in plentiful amounts over all the affected areas of skin

  • Add ginger to a warm bath

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