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What can I do while I have chickenpox to reduce the chance of scarring?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Paul Cohen
breaking the 'itch-scratch' cycle is extremely important to reduce the probability of scarring; try soaking in epsom salts or Aveeno bath as that should soothe the savage itch.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Treat pox & scab

As they say, stop picking! leaves scabs alone and gently shower keeping these clean.
Topical ointments and crams are usually not effective during the active phase. A lid tobacco use and sun exposure. Once separated keep wounds clean with mild cleanser such as cetaphil followed by ointment.

In brief: Treat pox & scab

As they say, stop picking! leaves scabs alone and gently shower keeping these clean.
Topical ointments and crams are usually not effective during the active phase. A lid tobacco use and sun exposure. Once separated keep wounds clean with mild cleanser such as cetaphil followed by ointment.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. John Walker
Avoiding tobacco use and UV exposure improves wound healing.
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