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What is Chicken pox ?

Home Remedies for chicken poxChickenpox is a highly contagious, yet common disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It develops into an itchy rash with an outbreak of blisters that occurs on the scalp, face and torso. It is usually a mild illness which occurs in children but can also cause serious complications in teenagers, adults, pregnant women, newborns and people with weak immune systems. Symptoms may appear between 10 and 21 days of the time of exposure to the virus

Chicken pox Causes:

  1. Individuals who are not immune, and have not been vaccinated, can acquire chickenpox easily by touching an infected person, particularly in the region of any open blisters.
  2. Chickenpox infections can be spread by indirect contact. Touching anything that has been touched by someone who is infected by the chickenpox virus, and in the contagious stages of the disease, can cause a chickenpox infection.

Chicken pox Symptoms:

  1. nausea (feeling sick)
  2. a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over
  3. aching, painful muscles
  4. headache
  5. generally feeling unwell
  6. loss of appetite

Chicken pox Prevention:

  1. Vaccination is the most reliable and convenient method of preventing the chickenpox illness.
  2. Individuals who develop the chickenpox illness should be quarantined from others. Most of the time the vaccinated individual will have a milder case of chickenpox than someone who has not had the vaccine. The individual should be quarantined for at least five days after the development of the chickenpox rash to prevent spreading the virus. Unfortunately, the individual is contagious prior to the rash developing, but signs of illness may not have existed.
  3. Thorough hand-washing, keeping the hands out of the eyes or mouth are ways to prevent the contraction of chickenpox, but avoiding the virus is not the most reliable method of prevention.

Chicken pox Tips:

  1. Children should never be given aspirin or medications containing aspirin for chicken pox or any other viral illness because of the risk of Reye's syndrome.
  2. Frequent baths are sometimes helpful to relieve itching. Adding finely-grounded (colloidal) oatmeal such as Aveeno can help improve itching. Oatmeal baths can be prepared at home also by grinding or blending dry oatmeal into a fine powder and adding about 2 cups to the bath water. One-half to one cup of baking soda may also be added to bath water to reduce itching.
  3. The most common lotion used for chicken pox is Calamine lotion. This or any similar over-the-counter preparation can be applied to the blisters to help dry them out and soothe the skin.
  4. Salt, Chillies, Ghee, oil, spices (Masala) should not be taken at least 15 days after getting the Chicken pox symptoms. The food should be very light and easily digestible. Remember the salt will cause itching in rashes during Chickenpox so avoid using salt. Don't eat banana, brinjal, sweet pumpkin for some day even after the Chickenpox is completed cured.
  5. Don't touch the rashes and if the itching is intolerable one can use neem leaves to itch. Avoid talking bath for 15 days or till the rashes are completely subsides and dries up.
  6. Drink lot to water to avoid dehydration which is a common problem during Chicken pox.

Chicken pox Home Remedies:

  1. Neem (Azadirachta indica): Boil neem leaves in water for 10 minutes and filter it. Drink a galls of the decoction on empty stomach for 3 days after start of the Chickenpox
  2. Brown vinegar: Add 1/2 a cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bath water. Soak in the tub for at least 10 minutes and this will help relieve any chicken pox itching and will help speed up recovery of chickenpox.
  3. Baking soda: This is a popular home remedy for chicken pox that will help relieve the itchiness. Mixed baking soda in a glass of water, use a soft sponge and gently rub the rash/red spots/blisters with it. This will help avoid eruptions of the blisters.
  4. Vitamin E: Gently rub Vitamin E oil all over the entire body (even areas unaffected) and let it absorb into the skin. This will help any spots or blisters fade away quickly.
  5. Milk: Drink Milk in sufficient quantity during Chicken pox but don't drink on empty stomach as it can create gas.
  6. Honey: Applying Honey on the Chicken pox Scars helps reduce them.
  7. Sandalwood: Applying Sandal wood oil (Sandalwood powder boiled with coconut oil and filtered) or pure Coconut oil also help to reduce Chicken pox scars.
  8. Neem (Azadirachta indica): Directly apply the paste made by Neem leaves on the pox affected area.
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