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how should i treat chicken pox?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Prevention: Provide the varicella vaccine for your child! if chicken pox should occur, treat fever or discomfort with Acetaminophen and prevent secondary skin infection by bathing gently but thoroughly with mild soap once or twice daily. For itching, you can apply plain calamine lotion (over the counter). If itching is severe or painful, or if the chicken pox lesions appear to be infected, call your doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Be clean; treat itch: Toddlers with chicken pox usually don't need much treatment. The bumps will break and dry up into little scabs over a week. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for fevers the first few days. Regular baths each day will keep the skin clean. Oral plain Benadryl can decrease itching. Older toddlers can try anti-itch skin lotions that don't contain diphenhydramine. More severe cases should be seen by a doctor.
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Treat the symptoms : Don't scratch or touch the lesions . Calamine lotion for itching and rest and hydrate
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
Neonatology 41 years experience
Chickenpox: Primary chickenpox in the healthy child is a benign disease that requires symptomatic therapy only. Your physician may may suggest oral acyclovir for healthy persons at increased risk of severe varicella infections. Adults and immunocompromised persons with chickenpox have a more complicated course than that occurring in children, and therefore require intravenous acyclovir therapy. Varicella-zoster immune globulin (VariZIG) is indicated for use in highly susceptible, VZV-exposed immunocompromised or immunosuppressed persons.
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Symptomatic treatmnt: Treatments that may ease symptoms whilst your immune system deals with the virus include the following: Having plenty to drink to avoid a lack of fluid in the body (dehydration). Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease high temperature (fever), headaches, and aches and pains; note ibuprofen only for those over 12 years old. Soothing creams (emollients) put on the spots (rash) may ease itching.
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
Neonatology 41 years experience
Agree with Dr. Adam.
Jul 3, 2017
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Chicken pox : Chicken pox is a viral infection and it takes its own time to heal . Only symptomatic treatment is recommended like calamine lotion for itching , paracetamol for fever . If itching is bad then antihistamines can be prescribed .
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
Neonatology 41 years experience
Agree with Dr. Sandhu.
Jul 3, 2017
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Time: Will usually heal chickenpox as the immune system fights it off. Calamine/antihistamine lotion can help the itch. Stay vigilant for crusting, pus and fevers which may be a sign of secondary infection or worsneing breathing or vomiting or headache which may indicate some very rare complications of chickenpox and if these occur seek urgent medical attention
Dr. Eugene Mahmoud
Neonatology 41 years experience
Agree with Dr. Ram.
Jul 3, 2017
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: Most chickenpox will self heal over a week or so in kids.There are antiviral medications that can suppress the intensity of the illness if taken early in the illness, but these are not recommended for most natural cases in kids. Adults should receive treatment because of the amplified intensity and complications involved.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Chicken Pox: Making your child feel more comfortable is the main thing- no "cure". Give tepid baths with baking soda or oatmeal powder to soothe itching. Prevent scratching when possible. Your doctor may recommend Benadryl Syrup to decrease itching. Keep the skin clean, and cool. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (NO aspirin) Call your doc if there is high fever. Get the varicella vaccine to prevent it in the first place!!

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Is there more than one good way to treat chicken pox?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Chicken pox-no fun!: Chicken pox (varicella) is best treated with supportive care -- Acetaminophen for pain, and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the appropriate dose for weight, aveeno oatmeal baths, and non-steroid anti-itch creams for the itch. Anti-viral medications are only indicated if someone has an immune deficiency or severe eczema. The best 'treatment' is prevention -- getting the chicken pox vaccine!
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Can you get chicken pox from kissing?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Yes: In the early phase of chickenpox, prior to any blisters, the virus appears in the oral secretions of infected patients. Sharing those secretions could transfer the virus to a susceptible person.
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How does a person get chicken pox?

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Dr. Arthur Lavin
Pediatrics 42 years experience
By catching it: Chickenpox is caused by having a first time infection with a particular virus, the chickenpox or varicella-zoster virus. It is caught by touch and breath.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from chicken pox?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Last: It can last for 21 days.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have some marks left from chicken pox, how and could i treat them?

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Dr. Lisa Gold answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Scar care: If your scars are from a recent case of the chickenpox you have a better chance of decreasing the appearance of the scar. I would use an over the counter product such as mederma to the scar areas. Over months of use you might see a decrease in the scar appearance.

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