Also referred to as varicella, chickenpox is a contagious disease that develops due to the varicella zoster virus. This disease results so skin rashes and blisters that form scabs and sometime scars. It usually starts on the back, chest, leg and eventually spreads all over the body.
Chickenpox can develop in any age bracket and happens all over the world where millions of people are affected yearly. It is a highly contagious airborne disease that can be transmitted via coughing, sneezing and simple body contact. Fortunately, due to the creation of the anti-chickenpox vaccine called varicella vaccine, the number of people affected has dropped dramatically. Children being most susceptible to this disease, anti-chickenpox immunization has been strongly recommended in many countries.
Skin rashes are the most common symptoms of chickenpox. However, before these rashes appear, other symptoms may already be felt. Below are some of the symptoms you must look out for if you think you have been infected with chickenpox virus.
• On and off fever that usually lasts for days
• On and off headache that brings moderate pain
• Sudden loss of appetite
• Muscle aches that are sometimes accompanied by feeling of nausea
After experiencing these initial symptoms, skin rashes are usually seen
• Itchy rashes that vary from person to person. Some may develop just a little in certain body parts, while other may see a lot of skin rashes spread all over the body
• These rashes develop to blisters
• After a few days these blisters develop a crust
• After a few weeks, these crusts dry up
When you are infected by the varicella-zoster virus, chickenpox develops. Infection is caused by various factors, but the most common is contact with an already infected person. The tricky part with chickenpox is that symptoms are usually active days before a person is already infected. As a result, you may already be interacting with an infected person without warning. This virus is often transmitted by:
• Body contact – a simple skin to skin contact may be a cause of transmission
• Saliva – using utensils of infected person
• Sneezing and coughing
Natural Home Remedies for Chickenpox
In the early days, chickenpox is considered one of the most dangerous diseases due to lack of knowledge and proper medical treatment. Today, chickenpox cases are easily treated with the right cure. In addition, millions of people are resorting to anti-chickenpox vaccine to prevent being infected with the virus.
If you experience some of the early symptoms of chickenpox infection, try these natural remedies that you can comfortably do at home.
1. Proper Personal Hygiene
Probably the most logical thing to do to prevent getting infected by this virus is to always practice proper overall hygiene. For starters, always wash hands before and after eating. When in public places, avoid touching things especially those where the virus can thrive. In addition, make sure to regularly clean personal things just as clothes, bags and shoes. Also make sure to clean household items such as utensils and furniture.
Aside from hand washing, make sure to take a bath daily. Use antibacterial soap all over the body, even those hard to reach areas such as back, inside of thighs and feet. Furthermore, spend more time cleaning areas where the virus can get trapped like hairs. Use mild but effective shampoo and lukewarm water.
When already infected, avoid scratching even if the rashes are extremely itchy. Scratching is one of the most effective ways to spread the virus. In addition, scratching can cause further infection and will increase possibility of deep scarring. To further prevent effects of scathing, make sure that your nails are clipped because the virus can easily get trapped on long nails. If itching becomes unbearable, bathe with lukewarm water and carefully pat dry with clean and soft towel.
Oatmeal is loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help prevent further infection and minimize itchiness. In addition, oatmeal gives soothing effect to decrease the burning sensation caused by extreme itching.
Prepare oatmeal by mixing ½ cup of oatmeal with 1 cup water. Cook in medium heat for about 5 minutes and stir well. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 cup of milk. Eat during breakfast and before going to bed.
Mix 1 cup oatmeal with ½ cup lukewarm water. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and few drops of lemon juice. Mix well. Apply to areas affected by chickenpox. Leave for a few hours to minimize swelling and itch. Do these 3 times a day.
Grate 2 cups of oatmeal into powder form and mix with lukewarm water in a large basin. Add 2 to 3 spoons of baking soda to get more anti-inflammatory power. Soak affected area for 2 to 3 hours.
3. Baking Soda
Similar to oatmeal, baking soda is rich with anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties that work best with chickenpox.
Mix 5 tablespoon of baking soda with a basin of lukewarm water. Mix well. Soak a clean sponge and rub on the affected area. Leave for an hour before taking a hot shower. Do this twice a day, in the morning and evening.
4. Vitamin E
Known as the skin vitamin, Vitamin E gives many wonderful effects to the skin. Aside from being a natural moisturizer, this vitamin E also provides antcacterial and anti infallatory properties.
Take Vitamin E supplement daily. You may increase daily consumption for chickenpox treatment as long as proper dosage is recommended by a doctor.
Vitamin E essence in oil form is available in many drugstores and supermarkets. Apply this oil on the affected area after taking a hot shower. Do this twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed.
5. Stay in A Cool Environment
Heat can cause further infection and itching. In addition, sweat can increase possibility of unwanted transmission while giving discomfort when exposed to affected areas that already formed wounds. To prevent these issues, always make sure to stay in a cool environment where proper air flow is present. Turn on the air-conditioning system or electric fan especially during summertime. You can also soak a clean towel on a cold water and carefully pat on itchy area.
6. Aloe Vera
Aside from giving very effective cooling and soothing effects, aloe Vera can also minimize the possibility of developing scars left by chickenpox marks.
Get the extract of several aloe Vera leaves and apply on the affected area a few times daily. You can also purchase ready-made aloe vera oil and apply as a daily lotion.
7. Eat and Sleep
Aside from these natural ingredients, one of the most popular and effective ways to cure chickenpox are proper diet and enough daily sleep. With regular consumption of vegetable and fruits, the body’s immune system becomes stronger against all kinds of virus. In addition, at least 8 hours of sleep per day will allow the body to recover from daily stress.
When suffering from chickenpox, eat fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and vitamin E. Eat apples, bananas and orange after meals. Also drink fresh juices such as lemon and pineapple juice. Lastly, make sure to get enough shut eye especially after a tiring day.
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