Identifying And Treating Chickenpox
Overview Of Chickenpox
- Chickenpox is an extremely contagious disease, which generally affects kids.
- It is usually a minor disease, but might cause severe illness or death in individuals who have a low immunity.
- Adults who get chickenpox usually become ill and might have more severe problems such as pneumonia.
- Firstly, a child (or grown-up) might have flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, backache, headache and loss of hunger.
- This is swiftly followed by a pink and blotchy rash, which soon progresses into blisters. The rash usually starts on the back and chest, then spreads to other parts including the arms, legs, face and scalp.
- The rash is generally extremely itchy. After about 2 days the blisters form a scab or a layer and this peels off in about two weeks. Some kids only get a few spots, while others get them all over — including the nose and mouth.
How To Treat Chickenpox
- For some kids, the rash might be no more than a passing annoyance, but for others it can be very uncomfortable. Treatment is therefore meant to alleviate the symptoms.
- Requesting your child not to scratch will possibly be ignored, though it is worth trying to distract them so they don’t scratch.
- If the rash or blisters are very uncomfortable, wash the child in a warm bath and add half a cup of baking soda to the water.
- Your chemist or GP will also be able to suggest some anti-itch creams if your child is upset. Calamine lotion can also be handy.
- Paracetamol should be provided as suggested to decrease the fever and alleviate any headaches. Children should drink lots of liquids.
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