Chicken Pox Treatment: Tips to Help Relieve the Symptoms

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  • Many conventional physicians will be quick to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to relieve the symptoms of chickenpox, namely the fever. However, these medications may come with potential side effects that may be far more troubling
  • Instead of relying on drugs to alleviate the pain and discomfort brought on by chickenpox, you can opt for home remedies that will not put your (or your child’s) health in jeopardy. Try these effective but safe options

It's crucial to know that there's no cure for the chickenpox virus. Once it enters your system, it's up to your body's immune system to fight the infection and let it run its course. The virus will also not die or go away, but will instead remain dormant in your body. The good news is that you can ease the symptoms that come with this disease — particularly the itchy rashes — with safe and natural home remedies.

Conventional Chickenpox Remedies May Be Far From Helpful

Many conventional physicians will be quick to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to relieve the symptoms of chickenpox, namely the fever. However, these medications may come with potential side effects that may be far more troubling.

For example, acetaminophen (Tylenol), which is often prescribed to chickenpox patients, may not only affect your neurological and emotional health, but harm your liver as well. In fact, acetaminophen poisoning is the culprit for almost half of all acute liver failure cases in the U.S.1

Aspirin and aspirin-containing products are absolutely ill-advised for people with chickenpox. This is because they've been associated with Reye's syndrome, a severe illness that affects the brain and liver, and may even lead to death.2 Aspirin is also not recommended for children under 16 years old. Anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen can also make a chickenpox patient very ill.3

Remember that fever is a normal body response to infection. Having a higher-than-normal temperature helps eliminate viruses and bacteria in your system, and taking fever medications hinder this natural process.4 Instead, relieve fever naturally by taking a cool or lukewarm bath.

Note: Do Not Scratch the Rashes

Scratching the itchy lesions is ill-advised, as this will not only cause scarring but will also increase your risk of infection. Here are some tips you can try:

Trim your (or your child's) nails, keeping them short and clean

Wear cotton gloves (socks will work, too) in the evening or while sleeping

When wiping your skin, pat it dry instead of rubbing

Take a bath in cool or lukewarm water

Wear loose and comfortable clothing

How to Treat Chickenpox Symptoms Naturally

Instead of relying on drugs to alleviate the pain and discomfort brought on by chickenpox, you can opt for home remedies that will not put your (or your child's) health in jeopardy. Try these effective but safe options:5,6

Baking soda — It restores the acid-alkaline balance in your skin and maintains proper pH levels. Mix half a teaspoon in a glass of water and then use it as a sponge bath. You can also soak in bathwater with baking soda.

Raw honey — It works because of its natural anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Apply a thin layer on the skin, leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse with water. Repeat three to four times a day.

Oatmeal — Aside from relieving pain and itching, oatmeal also helps fight the varicella zoster virus and may even prevent scars from forming. Mix 2 cups of powdered oatmeal in 2 liters of water and transfer to a cloth bag, Put the bag in your bathwater, swishing it around until the water becomes milky, and then bathe in it for 15 minutes. Do this regularly.

Basil — This herb contains eugenol, an anesthetic that can ease itching and irritation while killing infection-causing viruses. Boil fresh basil leaves in water, strain and then wipe the basil-infused water on the affected areas.

Brown vinegar (aka malt vinegar) — Mixing a cup of brown vinegar in your bathwater and then soaking in it for 10 minutes can help kill the chickenpox virus, thanks to its acetic acid. Vinegar can also dry out the blisters faster.

Marigold (calendula) — Aside from killing the virus and reducing the itching and redness, marigold helps stimulate collagen production, which boosts the skin's healing process.

Soak two teaspoons of marigold flowers and a teaspoon of witch hazel leaves in a cup of water overnight, strain and then grind the herbs to make a paste. Apply this to the blisters and leave on until dry, and then rinse after. Do this daily for best results.

Epsom salts — The magnesium and sulfate in it can relieve itching and soothe skin inflammation. Simply add it to your bathwater and soak for 15 minutes daily.

Thieves oil — This is a blend that consists of five essential oils with antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infectious and antiseptic properties, namely clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary. When added to an Epsom salt bath, it can do wonders to alleviate chickenpox symptoms.

When combined with adequate rest and a nutritious whole food diet, these solutions may help hasten the healing process and allow you to recover quicker from chickenpox.

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