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Chicken Pox Symptoms and Treatments

Updated on July 31, 2015

Symptoms of Chicken Pox

Chicken pox in most cases tends to be primarily a childhood virus. It is highly contagious and if you are in contact with someone, or your children are and you or they haven't had it before chances are you (or they) will get it. There is an immunization now a days that is given to children to help prevent chicken pox. Or lessen the symptoms if you do get it.

The first sign of chicken pox is small red spots on your skin. It starts with just a couple and before you know it, it's spreading. You can get covered head to toe in chicken pox in a matter of hours. The spots turn into blisters that will eventually break open and then get a hard crust like scab on it.

Along with the red spots you will experience extreme itching, fever, loss of appetite, and headache.. The biggest thing to not do with chicken pox is scratch them. When dealing with children, this is almost impossible to prevent. If you do scratch the pox off of the skin there will be a permanent scar there.

Beginning of Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox Treatment

Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot a Doctor can prescribe for chicken pox. They can give you an antihistamine like Benadryl to aid the intense itching. If the person infected with chicken pox has an elevated risk of complication with the disease, many times a Doctor will give a prescription to help shorten the severity and time frame of the disease.

There are several things you can do to help get some relief of the itching. Taking an oatmeal bath or making a paste out of oatmeal and water and putting it on the sores works great ! Calamine lotion will help dry up the sores and is cooling and helps relieve the itching. Another thing that helps for fever is Motrin or Tylenol. This also will help with the pain.

Chicken Pox

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    • DeborahFantasia profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah 

      7 years ago from Italy

      Thank you !

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great explanation and photos showing chicken pox symptoms. I remember when my kids had it!

    • DeborahFantasia profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah 

      7 years ago from Italy

      I have a pox scar above my right eyebrow !

    • DeborahFantasia profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah 

      7 years ago from Italy

      I got the vaccine when I was a kid and still ended up getting it as an adult when I was 19 years old. It was horrible and would have much rather had it as a child. The vaccine doesn't guarantee you won't get it, but if you do it's supposed to lessen the symptoms. I don't know, for me it didn't seem to help much. Kind of like the flu shot, you can still get the flu (or anything you've vaccinated for.)

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      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      better yet, get the vaccine to prevent chicken pox. they didn't have the vaccine when i was a kid. i have a pox scar in my left eyebrow. i consider myself lucky. i could have gotten the viral pneumonia that sometimes goes with varicella instead.

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