How to treat Chicken Pox
When dealing with Chicken Pox, you need to tend to the infection as well as managing the symptoms of the person affected. So how to treat chickenpox?
Main things to remember:
- Keep the person affected off nursery, school or away from public places until ALL the spots have crusted over.
- Keep the person affected away from pregnant women, newborn babies or those with a weakened immune system.
- Keep the person affected cool. When you feel hot, you will itch. Wearing loose natural cotton materials will help.
- Keep the person distracted with a book, colouring in, watching a film (whatever they feel able to manage).
- Offer lots of cuddles and support.
- Most people affected will not feel like eating. This is where you will need to be inventive. Making ice-cold smoothies, unlimited ice pops or anything cold will keep the person hydrated until such time as they will be able to manage food properly again.
- Give the affected person a mixture of vitamin C-based foods in their diet (oranges, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi fruit, papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower).
Follow this guide:
- Run a warm bath.
- Sprinkle Epsom salts in the water and a few drops of Oilatum Bath Formula.
- Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes.
- Shower the body with water (no soap etc).
- Pat dry the skin (never rub the spots).
- Cover the skin with Oilatum cream.
- Repeat this every morning and every night.
- The Epsom salts help to heal the spots quickly and the oilatum bath formula and oilatum cream will help keep the skin from drying out which prevents itching.
To medically manage the symptoms under NHS guidelines click here.
We have compiled a list of safe home remedies here:
Oilatum and Organic Bath Salt
Bathe in the morning with Oilatum Bath Formula adding a little organic bath salt to the water. Ensure the bathwater is not too hot, lukewarm is best. The salt will help to heal the spots and prevent infection, the Oilatum fluid will moisturise the skin to prevent itching. Apply Oilatum cream to the skin straight after. Repeat this in the mornings and before bed and you should not have a problem with any itching. After a couple of days, you should see the spots healing nicely. Apply the cream at any time of the day if you feel itchy. Always read the label before applying any products to the skin.
Using an old pair of clean tights, fill the foot end of one of them with some organic oats. Hold it under the bath tap and fill a bath with lukewarm water. Repeat this in the mornings and before bed. Oats are a natural moisturiser and can help reduce itching. You can also ground them and add them to lukewarm water.
Known for treating skin injuries, the aloe vera plant is perfect for naturally treating any skin condition. Buy an Aloe Vera Plant. Wash your hands thoroughly. Take one of the leaves, break it in half and squeeze the contents onto your hands. Apply directly to the skin and leave it to cool. Keep it in the bathroom, this plant thrives in this environment.
We hope you found our how to treat chicken pox guide useful.