Chicken pox is a viral infection that causes a blister-like rash on your skin; you can even get pox inside your mouth and under your eyelids. Young children will generally have milder symptoms than adults.
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Things you need
- Children's Nail Clippers
- Infant/children's Mittens/gloves
- Old Nylon Stockings
- Calamine Lotions
- Cold Compresses
Place cool, wet compresses on the rash to relieve the itching and burning.
Use calamine lotion to soothe the itching.
Take a bath in oatmeal, which is very soothing to the skin. A commercial oatmeal bath such as Aveeno will not clog your drain. If you use regular oatmeal, put it inside a nylon stocking and hold it under the running bathwater.
Trim a young child's or baby's fingernails so she doesn't scratch the rash.
Consider putting mitts on a baby's hands.
Use acetaminophen to reduce fever, aches and pains.
Eat soft foods and avoid acidic juices if there are pox inside your mouth.
Stick to a nutritious diet to boost the immune system.
Tips and warnings
- Chicken pox is considered contagious until all the pox are crusted over. It usually runs its course within two weeks.
- Keep infected children away from frail elderly people, newborn infants and pregnant women.
- Contact your health care provider if you contract chicken pox as an adult.
- Contact your provider if you or your child have pox in your eyes and are in pain; if there is pain in your joints; or if the sores appear to be infected.
- Avoid aspirin in children under 18 due to the risk of Reye's syndrome.
- If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.