Natural Remedies for Chicken Pox

Chickenpox is a viral illness caused by the varicella virus and causes an itchy red rash. It is seen most often in children and can cause severe complications in adults. After suffering from chickenpox you do gain a lifetime immunity, but the virus can remain dormant in the body and cause shingles later in adulthood. It is spread by contact through something as simple as a sneeze or a cough. An infected person is contagious from the day before the rash appears until the entire rash is dry and scabbed over.

How can I tell if I have chicken pox?

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Mild abdominal pain for the first couple days
  • Rash on the abomen, scalp and face with small, itchy red spots that turn into small fluid filled vesicles.
  • Mouth ulcers
  • If you or your child develop difficulty breathing, slurred speech, severe headache, vomiting, seizures or difficulty walking call your doctor immediately.

How can I prevent chicken pox?

The best way to prevent chicken pox is to have your children vaccinated. If they contract the virus after being vaccinated their symptoms will be greatly reduced.

How can I treat chicken pox?

  • Add finely ground oatmeal to a bath. 2 cups will help to reduce itching.
  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a lukewarm bath to help reduce itching.
  • Drink lots of water to help flush the virus out of the body.
  • Avoid foods that are salty, spicy, acidic or hot and stick to foods that are soft.
  • Use calamine lotion to control itching.
  • Do NOT scratch, trim children’s nails, and put mittens on young children.
  • Buy or make collodial oatmeal lotion and apply this to the skin as often as possible.
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