Introduction of chickenpox
Chickenpox (varicella) is an infectious disease that can affect children or adults, although it’s usually more severe in children. There’s no cure, but the symptoms can be treated with antiviral medications and supportive care to prevent complications and relieve pain. The best natural treatment for chickenpox is prevention through vaccination, but if you or your child develops the disease, there are several natural treatments that may help with the symptoms of chickenpox and reduce your risk of developing potentially dangerous complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, or bacterial skin infections.
History of Chickenpox
The disease is characterized by an itchy rash of red spots and bumps. It’s highly contagious, spread through exposure to an infected person. The illness typically lasts about a week and is usually not serious, although chickenpox can lead to complications in some cases. You can get chickenpox more than once; most people have contracted it as a child before age 15, but adults who haven’t had chickenpox or gotten vaccine against it can also get infected if they’re exposed to someone with active infection.
This includes parents who are around their children while they have chickenpox. Adults may develop severe symptoms that require hospitalization because their immune systems are less able to fight off viruses than those of younger people. However, there are many ways to prevent getting sick from chickenpox—so if you know you’ve never been vaccinated or don’t remember ever having it as a kid, talk to your doctor about how you can protect yourself from becoming infected.
Most doctors recommend vaccines for adults under 40 who have never had chickenpox. In addition, washing your hands often and using hand sanitizer can go a long way toward preventing contact with other people who might pass on chickenpox germs, says Helen Boucher, MD, clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
When to see a doctor
If you or your child has several chickenpox blisters, a severe headache, or a high fever, seek medical attention. A doctor will likely prescribe pain medicine and anti-viral drugs to relieve itching and speed up recovery time. In rare cases, chickenpox can lead to complications including pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (swelling of brain tissue), hepatitis (liver infection), or even death. It’s important to see a doctor if these symptoms occur so they can be treated quickly.
Home Remedies for Chicken Pox
Remember, chicken pox is a viral infection, and there’s no cure. But some home remedies may help reduce itching and discomfort. For instance, coating an area that has an itchy rash with cortisone cream or calamine lotion may reduce itching. Simply use a gauze pad to apply the medication directly to your skin—don’t rub it in. As an added bonus, calamine lotion contains ingredients that can help soothe and cool down irritated skin—it even works as an anti-itch treatment for other types of rashes and allergies.
Onions and Garlic for Chickenpox
In Chinese medicine, onions and garlic are considered to be heat-clearing vegetables. They are thought to help with upper respiratory tract infections and swelling in your lymph nodes. Place chopped garlic or sliced onions over a flame on a stovetop burner, using tongs so you don’t burn yourself, until they start to smell hot and turn brown. Let them cool before applying topically to chickenpox sores. This may not sound pleasant, but it’s an ancient healing remedy that many people have found success with.
Baking Soda Baths for Chickenpox
A teaspoon of baking soda in a warm bath can relieve itching and provide relief. The anti-inflammatory effects of baking soda work to reduce redness, swelling, and discomfort. Add 2 tablespoons of colloidal oatmeal or 1 teaspoon of calamine lotion to your bath while it is running as well; these will provide additional relief from itching. Note: It is important to keep chickenpox sores clean during healing. To avoid spreading chickenpox to others, refrain from sharing bedding, clothes, towels, etc., with family members or friends who have not contracted chickenpox.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickenpox
It can be used to soothe irritated skin, ease itching and fight against bacteria. Many chicken pox victims also believe that ACV helps get rid of spots quicker and make them less irritating. It’s thought that ACV softens skin by counteracting any imbalances in body pH levels; which could help prevent peeling and itching in some people. To use, simply apply a few drops directly to each wart before bed – it’s important not to touch or scratch your face until you’ve washed your hands afterwards, as you’ll spread any remaining ointment onto other areas of your face! Because ACV has antibacterial properties, you should start seeing positive results within 10 days or so.
Raw Honey for Chickenpox
For thousands of years, people have used honey for a variety of purposes, but one benefit that has recently gained attention is its use in treating chickenpox. While it’s not a well-known fact, raw honey can actually be used to treat chickenpox symptoms and reduce discomfort associated with blistering rashes. Here are three ways raw honey is being used as a natural treatment for chickenpox
Aloe Vera for Chickenpox
A soothing gel made from Aloe Vera can be a great way to keep skin moist and hydrated, easing any discomfort from chickenpox. Plus, aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in treating itching caused by chickenpox. To make your own soothing aloe vera lotion, try adding two cups of water to one cup of aloe vera soaking liquid. Mix in three tablespoons of Epsom salt and stir well. Once you’ve prepared your lotion base, pour it into a clean spray bottle and use as needed on chicken pox sores or blisters for relief from itching.
Oatmeal with Coconut Oil and Rosemary
There are few herbs as versatile and beneficial as rosemary. It’s been used for thousands of years to treat everything from headaches to fevers, and may have antibacterial properties that could be effective against chicken pox. In fact, a 2013 study found that applying an ointment made with rosemary extract helped kill off certain types of viruses in skin cells. Take it internally or topically – either way, you’ll be fighting your chicken pox before you know it!