How to treat chicken pox

Treat Chicken Pox

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.

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.

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