Chicken pox (Varicella) is a viral infection that is very common in children. The first signs of the infection are usually a slight fever, headache, backache and loss of appetite. Red spots usually first appear on the scalp and around the hairline and then they rapidly multiply to form a rash. The rash then turns into fluid-filled blisters that are highly contagious.
Incubation period for chicken pox is from two to three weeks before the spots appear, and the child is contagious for two days before the spots appear until the last of the spots has crusted over. (this usually takes 5 days)
It is not necessary to seek medical treatment for chicken pox; children should be encouraged to rest and to drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration from the fever.
There are a number of natural remedies you can try to alleviate the symptoms and get relief from itching as the virus takes its course.
One of the most effective remedies for treating chicken pox is brown vinegar. It will relieve skin irritation and help heal the lesions and prevent scarring. Simply add half a cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater, and soak in the bath for some time.
This is a popular home remedy, it can help control the itchiness and irritation from chickenpox.. Mix half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water, use a soft sponge and gently rub the rash/red spots/blisters with it. Allow the mixture to dry on the body.
An oatmeal bath is considered to be one of the most effective home remedies for chickenpox.
Hang a muslin filled with oats beneath the running tap. This makes the water creamy and moisturising and is an instant soothing tonic.
Calendula cream/tincture is used to soothe itching and prevent scarring due to chickenpox.
Honey will provide relief from itchiness and help heal the chickenpox within a few days. Get a good quality, pure, raw honey and coat the affected area with it. Repeat the process two to three times a day until the scars are gone. Use the Honey as body lotion after the oatmeal bath.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix apple cider vinegar in the bath to relieve itchiness. This will help to control the spread of infection and soothes the skin.
Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the rashes to get a soothing relief from chickenpox symptoms. Aloe vera is one of the best natural medicines for healing skin infections.
Tea Tree Oil
You can also apply tea tree oil, diluted with any carrier oil, to the chickenpox rashes. Tea tree oil is an excellent anti-bacterial, and therefore, it will help a lot in curing the infection. Lavender oil can also be applied to the rashes for a soothing effect.
Vitamin E oil
Gently rub Vitamin E oil all over the entire body (even areas unaffected) and let it absorb into the skin. This will help ease the child’s itchy discomfort and will keep the spots moisturised and supple.
Neem has antiviral properties and hence combats the chicken pox virus. All you have to do is throw in a handful of neem leaves in a lukewarm bath. It will quicken the drying of the fluid in the blisters, and reduce the itchy and scratchy sensation that the chickenpox blisters cause.
Please note: Calamine lotion is very often recommended as a natural remedy however, in my experience it dries out skin, increases itch and makes scarring worse in many children.
As with other viral infections, I recommend boosting the immune system with the following supplements:
- Increase the dose of Vitamin D3 for the first 3 days to ‘boost’ the immune system.
- Dosage: age in years times 50 milligrams, twice daily. Reduce dosage if diarrhea occurs. Consider using a buffered vitamin C powder (non-acidic)
- Other immune boosters: Probiotics, Omega 3′s and Elderberry syrup
- Olive leaf is a great immune-stimulant
- Echinacea and Goldenseal combination – to support the immune system and prevent bacterial infections of skin lesions. Relieves itching. Dosage: three drops of tincture in a quarter-cup of water three times daily for one week.
|Homeopathy for chickenpox
Pulsatilla 30: When children are weepy, clingy with a tendency to whine, presenting with a moderate fever with little thirst, better in the open air, worse for heat at night.
Belladonna 30: Face is flushed and red with very hot skin. Dilated pupils maybe noted. Child may be drowsy and unable to sleep.
Rhus tox 30: If th eruptions are large and filled with pus, very itchy and worse from scratching, at night and when resting. There may be restlessness associated with difficulty in going to sleep.
Ant tart 30: If the child is very ill-humoured. Tongue coated white. Skin rash comes out slowly. May have a rattling cough.
Arsenicum 30: Large pus-filled eruptions that may become open sores.
Mercurius 30: Indicated if you notice profuse, offensive sweat or salivation, and if the breath is offensive with the neck glands swollen. The child feels worse at night.
Please note that I am not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet, so this list is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as a replacement when medical attention is needed!
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