Chickenpox is a contagious childhood illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is very easily transmitted by contact or even through the air. Usually you develop chickenpox once in your lifetime, but in some cases, the virus can lie dormant for years and come out again later as shingles. The common symptoms are mostly headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, followed by an itchy rash and red pimples spreading all over the body and face. The red pimples then turn into blisters and crusts that are infectious and itchy.
Remedies for chicken pox: healing nutrition
- Drink plenty of liquid, such as water, fresh juices, vegetable broth, or herbal tea to stay well hydrated.
- Eat easily digested food, like vegetable and well-cooked whole grains.
Remedies for chicken pox: supplements
- Vitamin A helps healing tissues
- Vitamin C aids in stimulating the immune system and keeping down fever
- Zinc and vitamin E promote healing
Remedies for chicken pox: herbs
- Echinacea and goldenseal support the immune system
- Burdock root and red clover help heal the skin and detoxify the body
- Catnip tea keeps fever down
Remedies for chicken pox: homeopathic remedies
- Calendula cream promotes healing and relieves itching
- Sulphur aids in healing
- Rhus Toxicodendron relieves itching
Remedies for chicken pox: external treatments
- Have an oatmeal bath. It is soothing and relieves itching.
- Avoid scratching to prevent any bacterial infections and scarring.
- Rub vitamin E or castor oil into the skin if a scar has formed.
- Protect your skin from the sun, especially after once the chickenpox has cleared as the skin is more sensitive.
- Vinegar and goldenseal relieve itching.
Remedies for chicken pox: external links
- Dosage Guidelines for Herbs and Nutritional Supplements for children
- Chicken pox vaccine associated with shingles epidemic
Remedies for chicken pox: references
- Andrew Gaeddert, healing Skin Disorders, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2003
- Janet Zand L.Ac., O.M.D., Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, Published by Avery Publishing Group)
- Louise Tenney, M.H., Today’s Herbal health, 6th edition, USA, 2007
- Phyllis A. Balch, James F. Balch, Prescription for nutritional healing, United States of America, 2000
- Siegfried Gursche, Encyclopedia of natural healing, Canada, 1997
- Thomas Bartram, Bartram’s encyclopedia of herbal medicine, The definitive guide to the herbal treatment of diseases, Grace Publishers, UK, 1995