Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. Anyone can get chickenpox but it mainly affects children. People who get the virus often develop a rash of spots that look like blisters all over their bodies. The blisters are small and sit on an area of red skin that can be anywhere from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a dime.
The chickenpox rash passes through a number of stages.Pre-rash symptoms can include headache, fever, sore throat, backache and a general feeling of being unwell.Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals.The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, also known as human herpes virus 3, one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. It starts with conjunctival and catarrhal symptoms and then characteristic spots appearing in two or three waves, mainly on the body and head rather than the hands and becoming itchy raw pox (pocks), small open sores which heal mostly without scarring. The other causes of Chicken Pox includeContact with broken chickenpox blisters Inhaling airborne droplets Poor immune system
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that spreads from person to person by
*direct contact with a person who has broken chickenpox blisters
*indirect contact with clothes or other articles infected with the fluid that leaks from the vesicles, or with saliva and nasal discharge
*small airborne droplets of infected mucus or vesicle fluid
To prevent from children from chicken pox, doctors recommend chickenpox vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and a booster shot at 4 to 6 years old.
Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days.
Oatmeal baths can help to relieve itching. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)
Patting (not rubbing) the body dry.
Putting calamine lotion on itchy areas (but don't use it on the face, especially near the eyes). Give the child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult.
Avoid feeding the child anything highly acidic or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels.
Give the child acetaminophen regularly to help relieve pain if the child has mouth blisters.
Trim the fingernails short to reduce secondary infections and scarring.
Do not use aspirin for someone who may have chickenpox. Use of aspirin has been associated with Reyes Syndrome.
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be used.
Using Brown Vinegar
The use of brown vinegar is one of the most beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. Half a cup of this vinegar should be added to a bath of warm water. This will relieve the irritation of the skin.
A bath of oatmeal is considered a natural remedy for relieving the itch due to chicken pox. This bath is prepared by cooking two cups of oatmeal in two liters of water for fifteen minutes. This mixture is then put into a cloth bag, preferably cotton, and a string is tied tightly around the top. This bag is allowed to float in a tub of warm water, and swished around until the water becomes turbid. Precaution should be taken to ensure that the bag is not torn. The child with chicken pox can splash and play in the water, making sure that water goes over all the scalds, while the pouch of oatmeal can remain in the tub.
Using Pea Water
Green pea water is another effective remedy for relieving irritation of the skin. The water in which fresh peas have been cooked can be used for this purpose.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is a popular remedy to control the itching in chicken pox. Some baking soda should be put in a glass of water. The child should be sponged with this water, so that the soda dries on the skin. This will keep the child away from scratching the eruptions.
Using Vitamin E Oil
The use of vitamin E oil is valuable in chicken pox. This oil should be rubbed on the skin. It will have a healing effect. The marks left by chicken pox will fade away by this application.
The use of honey as an external application has also proved valuable in chicken pox. The skin should be smeared with honey. It will help in the healing of the disease within three days.
Using Carrot and Coriander
A soup prepared from carrots and coriander has been found beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. About 100 gm of carrots and 60 gm of fresh coriander should be cut into small pieces and boiled for a while. The residue should be discarded. This soup should be taken once a day.
Using Herbal Tea
A mild sedative herbal tea can also prove beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. This tea can be prepared from any of the herbs like chamomile (babunah), basil (tulsi), marigold (zergul) and lemon balm (billilotan). A little cinnamon (dalchini), honey, and lemon may be added to this tea. 1t should be sipped slowly several times a day.
*Use Catnip tea sweetened with molasses. It reduces fever. Make a tea with:
2 tbs. of queen of the meadow.
1 tsp. of coltsfoot leaves.
2 tsp. of marigold flowers
2 cups of boiling water
In a nonmetallic pot mix all ingredients let sit for 20 minutes. Take one cup a day.
*Mix 2 tbs. marigold flowers.
1 tsp. witch hazel leaves.
1 cup of water.
Let them sit over night. Apply on rash as needed it will relieve the itch of chickenpox.
*Some very powerful herbs are St. John's wart, pau d'arco, ginger, burdock root, Echinacea, and goldenseal.
*Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Also, drink fresh juices.
*Fill the bath tub with cool water and add ginger to it, take a 30 minute bath. This helps stop the itching.
Some very useful homeopathic remedies are
This remedy may be indicated when eruptions are large and slow to emerge. The child feels sweaty, fussy, and may be nauseous with a white-coated tongue. Antimonium tart is likely to be the appropriate remedy, if chest congestion with a rattling cough develops.
A child who needs this remedy usually is irritable and may object to being touched or looked at. The eruptions are sore, and touching them may bring on shooting pains.
When this remedy is indicated, the skin around the eruptions is pink and puffy and very itchy, with stinging pains. The eyelids may also be swollen. The person feels worse from warmth, is irritable, and usually is not thirsty.
This remedy is indicated when a child is hot and feverish, with a red flushed face, and eyes that are sensitive to light. A pounding headache may be felt, accompanied by either restlessness or drowsiness. The rash usually is red, with a feeling of heat and throbbing.
When fever persists for several days during chicken pox, and a dry nagging cough develops, this remedy may be useful. The person’s mouth is dry, with thirst for long cold drinks. The person may be very grumpy, feel worse from motion, and dislike being interfered with in any way.
This remedy may be indicated if eruptions are large and become infected. The child is very sensitive to temperature changes and feels worse at night. Perspiration and drooling during sleep, swollen lymph nodes, and offensive breath are strong indications for Mercurius.
A child who needs this remedy is often sweet and tearful when ill and wants a lot of attention and comforting. Itching and other discomforts are worse from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and improved by cool fresh air. The person is rarely thirsty, even during fever.
This remedy is useful in cases of chicken pox with tremendous itching that is worse from scratching and relieved by warm baths or applying heat. The child may be very restless, both physically and mentally. The eyes may become inflamed and sticky. Muscles can ache and feel very stiff, also relieved by warmth and gentle motion.
If itching is so severe that the person finds it impossible to keep from scratching—or if eruptions have a nagging, burning pain—this remedy may bring relief. The symptoms (and the person) become worse from warmth and aggravated after bathing. Both heat and chills are felt during fever. The person may feel drowsy in the afternoon and restless and hot at night.
Eruptions with stinging, burning pain and itching may be relieved by this remedy. Symptoms are aggravated by exertion and from overheating.
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