Though anybody can get it, chickenpox mostly occurs in children under the age of 15. It is a highly contagious infection caused by varicella zoster virus. Before spreading to other parts of the body, rashes typically develop on the chest, face, and back. Initially, these rashes start as red spots which eventually develop into itchy blisters filled with fluid which dries out.
Other symptoms of chickenpox may include a headache, fever, loss of appetite and fatigue. It usually lasts 5-10 days and can be looked after at home.
On the other hand, babies under four weeks, pregnant women, adults, and people with a weak immune system are at the risk of it progressing to a severe stage, therefore should get quick medical attention if they contract chickenpox.
Deal With Chickenpox by Following These Few Tips:
Drink Lots Of Fluids Through The Day
Avoid getting dehydrated by drinking lots of fluids. Consume only soft, bland foods. Keep away from foods that are spicy, hard, and salty as these can irritate chickenpox spots in the mouth.
Wear Gloves And Socks At Night
Rashes can really be itchy and scratching them may lead to infection. That’s why you need to resist that itch. In order to lower chances of bursting a blister, keep your nails clean. Just pat your skin instead of scratching.
You may also wear gloves or socks at night to refrain from scratching while sleeping. Wearing clothes with smooth and comfortable fabric can also be helpful.
Treat With Honey
According to research, honey can effectively combat varicella zoster virus. Spread some honey on your blisters. Aside from dealing with the virus, it can also soothe your skin.
Neem leaves have antiviral properties. It can fight the varicella zoster virus. Make a mild tea by steeping neem leaves in hot water. You can also soak the leaves in water and bathe in it as it will relieve itching and soothe your skin as well.
Soak In Oatmeal
For ages, oats have been used to relieve itching. Mix finely ground oats with water and coat onto the skin. You may also add ground oats into your bath water and then, soak in it for relief.
Try Baking Soda
Itchy skin can be easily relieved by baking soda. It can be added to your bath water or may just add a little of it to a glass of water and sponge off irritated skin for relief.
Use Calamine Lotion
Use cotton swabs to dub a little calamine lotion on the affected parts and let it dry on the skin. It can soothe itchy skin.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Its acidity aids in easing the itch and quickens the drying process of the blisters. In a cup of water, dilute one tbsp of apple cider vinegar and then, apply it on the chickenpox blisters. But if your blisters have broken open and you have open sores, use of apple cider might not be a good idea.
Take A Chamomile Bath
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties making it effective against relieving itchy skin. Add it to your bath water and enjoy a long soak.
Homeopathic remedies can also be used to deal with chickenpox. Homeopathy suggests applying grindelia (gumweed) in liquid form and calendula (marigold) oil to chickenpox rashes to relieve itching as well to promote healing.