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, not only may 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.3 There are also reports that anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen can make a chickenpox patient susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis, a rare soft tissue infection.4

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.5 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 not only will cause scarring but also will 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:6,7

Baking soda — It has antibacterial effects and also helps soothe the itchiness of the rashes. Mix a tablespoon in an 8-ounce 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. It also helps quicken the healing process. Apply a thin layer on the skin, leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse with water. You can place tissue paper over the honey to keep it from smearing.

Oatmeal — Mix 2 cups of powdered oatmeal in your bathwater and then soak in it.

Basil and chamomile teas — Whether ingested or applied topically, they may help relieve the symptoms of this disease. You can add a few drops of lemon juice as well, for faster healing, as well as cinnamon to provide pain relief and antibacterial properties.

Brown vinegar or apple cider vinegar — Mix half a cup in your lukewarm bathwater and then soaking in it for instant relief from the itchiness. You can also apply apple cider vinegar full strength to the affected parts.8

Vitamin E oil – Not only can it help soothe the skin, but it also helps hasten the healing of the rashes. This oil can also minimize the appearance of scars and help them fade away faster.

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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