Chicken Pox is quite a common childhood illness that occurs due to the virus infecting a particular nerve ending in the body. The telltale rashes that appear like pink bumps similar to a hive spart appearing all-over your body, however, they first occur at the back of the earlobes or n the trunk of your body thereby reaching to the other parts. Once the body gets immune to such antibodies, it makes it easier to get rid of this irritating and extremely frustrating disease.
Especially occurs during childhood, children are more prone to lose their patience and get wrecked up due to the itchy burning sensation of the little pinkish spots that further accumulates liquid substance and become quite weepy in nature. This is quite a common phenomenon and chances of recurring chicken pox is there, however, it’s any 1% for it results into deadly shingles. Shingles is nothing but the infected virus that stays in your nerve ending even when chicken pox is all healed. Henceforth, it is of utmost importance to heal chicken pox for a safer and secure immunity, it is mandatory to follow a few natural remedies and incorporate the glorious secrets from grandma’s basket to treat chicken pox and it’s obnoxious effects on the human body.
Chicken pox is a contagious disease caused mostly in children during summer season. This disease uproots due to the varicella-zoster virus. The symptoms of chicken pox are quite noticeable and the affected person needs to take special care to overcome from it.
Unlike any other disease, chicken pox is not easy to do with. Especially because it affects children, parents have to go through and follow severe instruction directed by the doctor. Also, once the affected person has developed the antibodies they stay and help in fighting the virus for lifetime after that. Only in rare cases this virus has a chance to get reactivated. However, the patients have reduced to a large extent due to presence of chicken pox vaccination these days.
So, let’s study the common causes and symptoms before we head to the do’s and don’ts of the disease.
Causes of chicken pox
Chicken pox is caused due to the presence of the virus called Varicella Zoster virus that is highly infectious and and can spread by means of touching or coughing. It is a contagious or communicable disease.
- If you get in close physical contact with the infected person, chicken pox is sure to occur.
- In case you use infected person’s belongings or touch them.
- In case the infected person coughs or sneezes without taking apt measures for prevention.
- If you touch the liquid oozing out of the blister or happen to touch the same through infected person, it is sure to spread.
It is therefore, very important to take some measures of prevention and control the epidemic from spreading. Even though the vaccines are available, yet chances for adults above 14 years is still high and the disease might take around 14-24 days to recover. The chances of chicken pox is higher in pregnant women in 1st and 3rd trimester or 15 and 30th weeks of her pregnancy. Both the pregnant woman and baby after 2 days of delivery are vulnerable to chicken pox.
Symptoms of chicken pox
- High fever around 102 to 103 degrees.
- Headache coughing, sneezing and sore throat. Just like it happens in flu.
- Decrease in the appetite.
- Spots or red rashes all over the body.
- Overall fatigue gets affected eventually.
Dos in chicken pox
- In case of kids suffering from chicken pox, try to cam and pacify them by being a patient parent.
- Add oatmeals in a pair of old socks and tie it around the hands of your little kid at night while sleeping, the goodness of the highly nutritious foods will help to keep the disease at bay.
- You must give your kids Pitriton syrup in case they are below or more than 1 years as suggested by the doctor. Do check with your doctor once before assuming. This syrup will help in making your kid feel drowsily and they will fall asleep.
- Take the signs and symptoms very seriously and do not avoid the nascent itchiness and goofiness in the body.
- You must add a generous one spoon of baking soda to the lukewarm water and let your child bathe at least 2 or 3 times a day. Ensure to pay dry and this will further help in reducing rashes and itchiness.
- Ensure to cut the nails of your kids and wrap the socks filled with oatmeal on their hands to avoid scratching of the blisters. This can lead to ugly scars and spreading of the disease.
- Do keep a watchful eye for the patient will feel too weak in case they’ve weak immunity. They will need your constant attention for at least the initial 3-4 days to let the symptoms subside. Also, this can cause exhaustion and patient might lose their consciousness due to excessive weakness.
- Do spread neem leaves on your bed to reduce itching and burning sensation.
- Plan a long bathe for your child and add the neem leaves or essential oils with neem as the main ingredient to soothe the inflammatory parts and let the burning subside gently.
- Do drink lots and lots of water.
- Wear light and loose comfortable clothes, use pastel light-colored bed sheets.
- Apply natural lotions on the blisters as recommended by the dermatologists and doctors.
- Isolate the person till the disease goes away.
- Always wash the hands and bed sheets, plus everything that the victim is using with anti-bacterial soap.
- Red rashes often case itching in this disease. It is advised that if the patient spreads Neem (Azadirachtaindica) leaves all over the bed, such they are in constant contact with these leaves. It can bring relief and sooth the irritation or problem experienced on the skin.
- These leaves can be used while bathing as well, after the rashes dry out. All you need to do is add some Neem leaves with fresh turmeric in the bathing water a day before taking the bath. The patients should use warm water to take such long baths.
- In other days, try using the solution containing one teaspoon of baking soda with around two glasses of water to take a sponge bath. This will also help in dealing with the rashes and itches.
- The patients should consume more water than usual, it is important to keep the body hydrated in chicken pox.
- Try to wear light colored, cool and loose cloths for more comfort.
- The bed sheets should also be of cooling colors. And all such garments and other belongings used by the patient should be washed regularly with disinfectants and antibacterial soaps to avoid the spread of the virus.
- Resting properly can fasten up the process of strengthening of immune system in chicken pox.
- A strict adherence towards the food habits should be continued as directed by the physician.
Don’ts in chicken pox
- It is a horrible idea to go for any clothing items that are very tight fitted on your body when you have chicken pox. These will end up majorly irritating the skin and cause the itchiness to be way more severe. You should instead opt for items that are made from cotton and have enough room to allow air flow to allow the blisters on your skin to dry out as well as preventing any excess sweating on the body. However, you should definitely wear longer, more covered up clothing that can help add a layer of protection on the skin and can help it to stay dry as well as free from any build-up of dirt in the air and can cover up the blisters which can reduce the possibility of popping the thin blister skin unconsciously.
- Since chicken pox is very contagious, it can be a terrible idea to share any type of towels, clothes or cutleries. Doing this can increase the risk of others who use the same items contracting the disease very extensively but also can increase the likelihood of contracting any infections or diseases that may be present in someone else. Since the disease does affect the immunity levels of your body, it increases your risks of contracting other diseases that can complicate the situation. Unless you are completely cured, it is a better idea to have a separate set of personal items.
- If you are a fan of cold and chilled food, tough luck because this is one thing that you will need to cut out of your diet if you have a chicken pox infection. Chilled food can make your body feel cold and while this can help with the levels of irritation in the body, it highly increases the chance of the body developing a cold and other related diseases due to the lowered immunity. If you are not careful, you can also end up contracting pneumonia unless you take some precautions. Thus, it is very important to put some restrictions on your diet.
- Never ever scratch or keep itching your blisters. This will spread the disease to other parts of the body and leave lasting ugly scars.
- Don’t leave the patient unattended for the initial few days when they need your attention and care the most. Don’t allow your child to go out or meet anyone for it will easily spread. It is a highly contagious disease.
- Do not take bathe until rashes and boils have been healed. Avoid using medicated soaps at all costs.
- Don’t send your child to chicken pox parties which are quite a rage to infect your child at early stages and become immune. Doctors have researched that such gatherings invite deadly diseases including pneumonia and tumors.
- Don’t slather your child’s body with calamine lotion which every doctor recommends to use. It dries the skin thereby making it more prone to itchiness and redness.
- Don’t give the child any aspirin enriched medicine or product since it has been found that it can lead to Reyes Syndrome in later stages of life when its gets in association with chicken pox.
- Scratching upon the rashes is highly unfavorable for the skin during this disease. The patients can experience severe infections, scarring and other skin problems by continuous scratching.
- The parents should take prior appointments from the doctors. As taking the child to the crowded doctor’s clinic can spread the virus among people with weak immunity.
- Also, elderly people who are more prone to development of shingles should keep distance from the patients.
- Do not eat spicy and oily food items.
- In India, it is advised to stop intake of non-vegetarian food items because they increase the body heat causing discomfort to the patient.
- It is recommended to frequently keep a check over the patient. Do not leave him unattended, especially during initial three days of infection. The illness and weakness can even make the person faint.
It might seem difficult to handle a child during chicken pox. The symptoms like rashes and blisters can make a person feel irritated and further extravagate the feeling of being diseased. Parents can make efforts like putting on the child’s favorite movie or cartoon to divert the attention from the pain. Make sure the child takes rest as directed by the doctor, this is important to recover from weakness and fall in immunity.
Apart from this, chicken pox puts several barriers upon the eating habits of the affected person. Though, the patient does not often feel hungry but avoiding the intake of chilies, spices and other over the top food items should be limited to a large extent. You can ask a dietitian or the doctor about a proper diet plan that will not be difficult for him to consume, have no after effects, do not interrupt the medications and improve the immunity as well.