Chicken Pox is also known as varicella-zoster virus, which is commonly a childhood illness that most children receive an immunization to avoid getting this type of viral infection. Even with immunizations easily available, there are still cases of chicken pox from the live virus in the immunization and from wild strains that still exist.
Since the virus usually will run its course without any serious side affects, traditional treatments include natural home remedies. There are anti-viral treatments available for those who are at risk of serious health problems.
Chicken pox sufferers, who develop complications, will be treated with traditional medicine.
A person may get a varicella-zoster virus infection from direct or indirect contact with the virus. A few days before chicken pox symptoms occur; a person will be contagious and remain contagious until the blisters from the rash scab over.
Traditionally, an infected person will be isolated until the contagiousness passes and the items they come in contact with will be kept separated and be sanitized.
Traditional treatments usually will not include any prescribed medications and most chicken pox symptoms can be treated with home remedies.
Most of the symptoms of chicken pox cause discomfort and there is no need for concern. A fever can cause dehydration so treatment will include plenty of fluids. Aspirin and ibuprofen should not be given to children because it can cause Reye's Syndrome, so other treatments for reducing the fever should be used.
The following treatments will help ease the discomfort of the itchy, blistering bumps:
Wearing loose, comfortable clothing made of breathable material during the outbreak will prevent clothing from irritating the rash.
For children and adults with compromised immune systems there may be complications to the infection and a medical professional will need to be contacted for treatment.
Pregnant woman who are exposed to chicken pox is at risk for a more severe infection and her baby will be at risk for congenital varicella syndrome if it is during the first 2 trimesters. Other complications are not common but can include the following:
When there are complications of a chicken pox infection, that complication will need to be treated. Those with other health issues are at a higher risk of developing a more serious infection with complications.
Home remedies normally are all you need. Traditional treatments rarely require the prescribing of medication, which is a good thing because all medications come with risks of side affects and allergic reactions.
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