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Chicken Pox

 

Is a extremely transmittable disease easily noticeable by the Particular rash that it causes, which happens mainly in kids.

What to look for

A very itch rash that extends from the torso to the limbs. It rash starts with red spots then blisters filed with fluid when the fluid drains it forms a scab over the blister.  Chickenpox is a viral disease that most commonly infects children. People who have had chickenpox develop lifetime immunity. If you wish to start a family and you have not yet had chickenpox you are advised to get a vaccination shot before doing so.

Causes

Chickenpox is caused by the herpes zoster virus. Droplets from a sneeze or cough, oozing vesicles of an infected person or by coming in contact with bed linens and clothing can spread this virus. The set period for this disease is 7 to 21 days; it is most transmittable a day before the rash appears and up to 7 days after, or until the rash forms scabs.

Personal Care

If your child has long fingernails you should trim there nails or cover there hands with mittens to keep then from scratching, if they are scratching it could lead to an infection and as well as to possible scarring.

Prevention

There is a vaccination available to prevent this disease.

Pregnancy Concerns

If you are pregnant and have not had chickenpox and are exposed to the virus you should contact your doctor immediately.

When to seek further professional advice

If your think your child has been infected by chickenpox. Then the rash produces a greenish discharge

Your child begins running a fever, convulsions and is vomiting while they are recovering from chickenpox  an adult family member gets chickenpox you are exposed to the disease, you are pregnant and you never had chickenpox

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Therapies : For itching: add 1 gram of dried rosemary and calendula to 1 liter of water. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for another five minutes. Strain and toss the herbs, and allow the water (wash) to cool down. Press with a soft washcloth the wash onto your child’s skin after they have bath. You can reuse the wash for three days if you keep it in your refrigerator.

Homoeopathy : you should consult a Homoeopath for the right remedies for your child. When the vesicles are burning sulphur may help with this problem.

Traditional Treatment

Chickenpox is extremely contagious. You should keep your child home until most of the vesicles are dry and scabs have fallen off. For pain and swelling your doctor will prescribe an antihistamine for relieve In the case of an secondary bacterial skin infection antibiotics are called for or if a adult with chickenpox contracts the bacterial pneumonia.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18