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Aloe Vera For Chicken Pox
Can I use vitamin e evion 600 with aloe Vera gel to treat chickenpox scars ? Is it safe and effective. Or should I see a doctor?? Please advice.
have been noted to be helpful in diminishing the cosmetic effect of scars however it is UNUSUAL for Chicken Pox to leave scars since ONLY the superficial layer of skin is involved! I would get your skin checked out by a Dermatologist...you may be a "keloid" former
(abnormal scar generation) ...Read more
Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may decrease pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. For this reason, aloe vera gel has gained tremendous popularity for relief of burns, with individual success in helping minor burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who weren't treated with the medicinal plant. However, other studies show mixed results, including at least one study that found aloe actually delayed healing. Aloe is best used for minor burns and skin irritations, and should never be applied ...Read more
Chickenpox: Chickenpox usually starts on head & neck area & spreads down & outward. For kids that have been immunized, the appearance is varied and may be just a few spots. Usual appearance of a chickenpox lesion is a clear blister on a red base (dew drop on a rose petal-classic description). Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Early treatment of chickenpox decreases discomfort and scarring. ...Read more
Diagnosed shingles on 13th aug.kids at home aged 1 year n 3 years. My son isn't immunized for chicken pox.Can patient cook food n hold kid?
Hi doc l had chicken pox wen l was 13 years n de left mi wiz da spots n l want to use clean n clear for spot remover wil it work for mi ?
My 1 year-old was diagnosed w chicken pox.Its been >1mth now n new rashes r growing.Y?Shudnt it resolve in 3 wks?Can antihistamine b given for itch?
I'm concerned.: There are three possibilities. (1) it's not chicken pox. (2) it's chicken pox but your child's immune system isn't working correctly due to a congenital immune defect. (3) it was chicken pox (aka varicella) but there is a secondary infection. The most severe of these are caused by the same streptococcus ("strep") that causes sore throats. See your doctor. ...Read more
Get Vaccinated: If you are old enough to ask the question you are old enough to have had the vaccine (first widely given in the 90's).If you had it before, you won't get it again.If susceptabe, get the vaccine (if not pregnant). You only have to be briefly in a room with an infected person to get it. Adults are at higher risk than kids of major side effects like encephalitis and pneumonia. ...Read more
Hard to predict: Most adults have had it as a kid, and have lifelong immunity. Even 95% of those who do not remember having it test positive for past illness. I would consider your risk minimal. ...Read more
If susceptable,yes: Most adults have immunity to cpx, even if they do not remember having them .At 35 you were not in an age group that was offered the vaccine starting in 1995, so you would have had it naturally to become immune. If not, between 10-21 days after exposure, you may have a surprise. ...Read more
Symptoms: Chickenpox starts on the central portions of the body, hairline paricularly, as small red dots which advance to pimples and blisters and then scab over. It spreads outward the hands and feet being the last area to be affected. All the stages are seen at the same time pimple blister and scab. ...Read more
Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more
Yes: If they never had them as a kid they can get them as an adult. Most (80%) who don't recall having them as a kid have blood test evidence that they did have them in the past. However, adult chickenpox is quite worrisome with some developing a fatal pneumonia and many quite sick with the illness. ...Read more
Yes in most cases: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses, being spread for at least a day prior to it's outbreak by airborne secretions & up to a week after the outbreak from airborne or skin debris. Simple exposure within the same room with the patient for an hour is enough to pass the germ. Those who have had it before & most who were vaccinated are immune. ...Read more
Chickenpox: There is no one thing that works but there are a few tricks. Warm showers may help. Oatmeal baths have some soothing properties. Calamine lotion can work but you wind up painting yourself pink! Systemic antihistamines can help but I would recommend the broad-spectrum, sedating ones as these tend to be more effective. If all else fails distraction techniques may work if you feel up to it. ...Read more
Would consult: with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Take care. ...Read more
Unknown: Chickenpox has never been a reportable disease by case as there were often 2 million cases/yr in the us before the vaccine. Most adults (90%) who do not recall having cpx have blood evidence of prior infection.It does occur in adults and can be serious, producing a potentially fatal pneumonia.A blood test can determine if a erson is immune.A vaccine is available if not. ...Read more
Varies: Most cases result in no real problems and they self recover.Before the vaccine was in wide use, we had more than 2 million cases/yr in the US with 50 deaths and 10,000 hospitalizations.One has increased risk of invasive bacterial disease during the illness.Today there are lower numbers but the risks remain. ...Read more
Get much sicker: Adults get sicker with high fever, more intense itching, and can get other infections such as pneumonia due to lowered immunity caused by the chicken pox. There's also greater risk of death, visible scarring, and shingles resulting from chicken pox in adults. It can also cause sterility in adult men. Adults immune system is stronger which is why they mount more of a response than kids. ...Read more
The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can ...Read more
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more