A FAMILY HEALTH GUIDE FOR CHICKEN POX

No specific medical treatment is usually required for chicken pox. Painkillers (ibuprofen, paracetamol) can help to reduce pain and fever. Calamine lotion is also commonly used for local application to reduce itching. Over the counter treatments like antihistamines may be used for the relief of severe itching. Some of these cause drowsiness and may help the patient sleep at night.  Frequent baths may also help ease itching. Finely ground oatmeal or baking soda may be added to the bath water to soothe the skin. Avoid tepid sponging.

Antiviral drugs may occasionally be prescribed for people who have a high risk of complications from chicken pox. These reduce the duration of the infection and minimize the risk of complications.

If your child has chicken pox they should stay away from school until the last blister has crusted over. He or she should also avoid contact with others who might be at a high risk of infection, such as newborn babies and people with a weak immune system.

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