What is Chicken Pox?
Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread by direct contact or breathing in germs from someone’s cough or sneeze. Two weeks after exposure, chicken pox spots appear on the body.
What are the signs and symptoms of Chicken Pox ?
The following symptoms will occur 10-21 days after exposure to chicken pox:
Low grade fever.
Runny nose, slight cough.
Decrease in appetite.
Tired, rundown feeling.
These symptoms usually occur 24-48 hours before the spots appear on the body.
When the spots first appear they will start on the chest, back, or face, and eventually are seen over the entire body. The spots may occur in the mouth as white ulcers, and as ulcers in the ears and eyes.
How is Chicken Pox treated?
Baking soda bath.
Calamine lotion as needed to skin.
Benadryl liquid or capsules taken by mouth for itching.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever above 102 degrees = No Aspirin!!!!
For sores in mouth, rinse with warm water – hydrogen peroxide mouth rinses.
Keep the sores clean by bathing daily. If the sores look infected, wash them well and apply Neosporin or Bacitracin ointment 4 times a day.
What else do I need to know about Chicken Pox?
Chicken pox is spread by direct contact or breathing in from nose and throat secretions.
Crusts do not contain the virus.
Crusting occurs in 5 to 10 days after breakout.
Children are not to go to school for at least 7 days – until all sores are crusted.
Trim nails and do not scratch.
Let scabs fall off by themselves.
Home remedies for Chicken Pox Scars , treating chicken pox marks.
Apply Sandalwood oil ( not the paste ) from the first day of appearance of rash till the fall of scabs. helps
Apply Vitamin E oil over the skin. Will help the healing process..
A bath of oatmeal is a natural remedy to relieve the itch due to chicken pox
Honey smeared over the skin will also help in healing the disease
Lukewarm water baths with neem leaves will help relieve the itching.
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