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Is It Possible To Survive Without Scarring After Having Chickenpox
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
Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options. Good luck! ...Read more
Time: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: Unfortunately you can't "get rid" of scars. They can be made to be less noticeable but this depends on the scars appearance. Often what makes chicken pox scars more noticeable is that they are depressed or indented. Sometimes fillers can help them, cutting the scar out and closing it in a line that hides in the natural wrinkles can work very well. There are lasers that may also be helpful. ...Read more
Passage of time: Sunscreens or vitamin E lotion can act to block the effect of sunlight to highlight the difference in skin tone caused by the shallow scars. Over time,1-2 years, most will fade as the healed skin matures and pigment evens out.Any blister that was secondarily infected or otherwise amplified by scratching/picking may leave a more permanent scar. ...Read more
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