Chicken Pox Treatment

Calamine Lotion and Vinegar...

Visions of blisters with pink Calamine lotion dabs are what probably comes to mind to many people think about when they think about chicken pox treatment. For others it may be the smell of vinegar in bath water. Those are a couple of the chicken pox treatments that both adult and children use to relieve the symptoms of chicken pox.

Chicken pox is also known as Varicella. It is a mild disease that usually affects children, but adults can get chicken pox, also. There is normally no need for special treatment. The symptoms can be treated with traditional or natural treatments.

The following should contact a doctor when exposed to the chicken pox virus (varicella zoster), because there could be complications for both adults and children:

High Risk Adults and Children

There are medications that can be given to shorten the duration of chicken pox that a medical profession may choose to use to treat chicken pox in high-risk sufferers. The medications can reduce the risk of complications. Antiviral drugs like acyclovir (Zovirax) and immune globulin intravenous (IGIV) can lessen the severity of the chicken pox outbreak. A healthcare professional may prescribe an antihistamine for relief of severe itching. Some people at risk or those around them may get a chicken pox vaccine to avoid becoming infected with chicken pox.

Traditional Treatments

Traditional chicken pox treatment usually includes relieving the discomfort of the symptoms.

Non-Traditional Treatments

Sometimes, even without scratching, scarring will occur from the chicken pox. Scratching will increase the risk of scarring. With or without treatment, anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for shingles later in life.

For most healthy children, chicken pox will run its course without complications. The days of having chicken pox will be filed away with other memories and milestones of childhood.

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