Don’ be Chicken, Try Non-Traditional Chicken pox Treatments
Chicken pox has been around longer than there has been record of it. The virus varicella is what causes chicken pox. Though some deaths have been attributed to chicken pox, commonly most people get through it with mild discomfort and maybe a few scars if they couldn’t help it and scratched their blisters. For healthy people who get chicken pox, you can try non-traditional chicken pox treatments without fear. As with any illness, always consult a healthcare professional before self-treating.
There is usually a fever, muscle aches, and tiredness before the chicken pox rash appears. The rash is itchy and starts as small red bumps that will eventually blister and scab over. When treating chicken pox with traditional or non-traditional methods, the symptoms are treated because there really isn’t much else to do. Symptoms may be more severe in those with other health issues or compromised immune systems.
Those in a high-risk group shouldn’t try non-traditional chicken pox treatments without consulting a healthcare professional. High-risk groups include the following:
Treatment may include medication or just careful monitoring of the person suffering from chicken pox.
Since chicken pox is not a bacterial infection, antibiotics won’t help with chicken pox. Though chicken pox is from a viral infection, the pox can become infected and a healthcare professional may prescribe antibiotics.
Treating the fever and the itching is all that is needed for most people. The fever can be treated with cool damp cloths, showers, or baths. A fan can be used to help lower the temperature of the person. These treatments can be used instead of Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil) to reduce fever and discomfort. Calamine lotion and oatmeal baths can relieve itching.
Normally these have no risks of side affects, but it is wise to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if the person is being treated for any other illness or condition.
Some people may choose acupuncture also. The piercing of the skin may create an entrance for further infection if the pox becomes infected.
Traditional and non-traditional treatments are mainly for keeping the chicken pox sufferer comfortable until the virus runs its course.
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