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What Can I Do While I Have Chickenpox To Reduce The Chance Of Scarring
Don't scratch!: It itches like crazy and can drive you mad but if you scratch, each little spot can leave a scar. See your doctor to be sure it is chicken pox and you can also request anti-itch medications to help you. Be careful because you are contageous until all the sores are crusted over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Will my daughter get scars from chickenpox? My daughter scars and bruises easily, so I am concerned she might get lasting scars from the chickenpox she has now. Is there anything i can do to reduce the chance of scars while she still has symptoms?
It : It is possible, but there is no way to predict whether it will occur. If she does develop lesions do not allow her to pick at them. Allow them to run their natural course. ...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
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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