Dr. Sanchayan Roy General Physician in C R Park, South Delhi
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Chickenpox is among the ‘traditional’ childhood diseases. Many children will capture it sooner or later.

Chickenpox is an airborne disease and is extremely infectious. The symptoms are:

– basic mild influenza like signs (headache, fever, stomach pains, and anorexia nervosa);

– followed a day or two later by hundreds of scratchy, fluid filled blisters.

As soon as you have actually had chickenpox the infection is with you for life however kept in check by your body immune system. Nevertheless, the infection can flare up later in life in the form of shingles, particularly if you go through a period of tension.

The majority of cases occur in kids younger than 10 and the disease is usually moderate. Older children and grownups frequently develop a more serious case of chickenpox.

Chickenpox can cause serious problems:

– a secondary infection of the blisters might take place if these are scratched and this can trigger scarring.

– newborns are at danger of severe infection if the mother is not immune (i.e. she has not previously had the illness).

– other, uncommon, issues consist of encephalitis; Reye’s syndrome; and cerebellar ataxia.


As it is a virus, chickenpox can not be treated by prescription antibiotics. In many cases a chickenpox infection can be left to run its course, nevertheless, it is a good idea to treat the blisters to reduce the possibility of them being scratched. To this end, it is suggested to cut the nails of young kids and location scratch-mitts on infants to minimise scratching and reduce the chance of scarring.

Calamine cream will assist to alleviate the itching as will baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). When our toddlers captured chickenpox a pal recommended including a little water to baking powder to make a paste and using that to the blisters. As our kid passed his chickenpox on to me I can confirm that the sodium bicarbonate does work! It was more reliable than calamine lotion at minimizing the itching.

Antiviral medications have been developed and can assist the battle against chickenpox if the medication is started within the first 24 Hr of the rash developing. For most healthy children antiviral medicine is not required, but teenagers and adults who are most likely to experience a more extreme dosage, may benefit.

Others who might take advantage of antiviral medication are kids with eczema, lung conditions such as asthma, and those who have been prescribed steroids.

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