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7 Remedies for Chicken Pox

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7  Remedies for Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a particularly contagious viral infection, caused by the herpes-zoster virus that appears more often in childhood. It is characterized by pimples that fill with fluid to become blisters. Eventually, the blisters dry up and form scabs. The blisters are itchy, but scratching should be discouraged to prevent infection. The incubation period is from 10 to 14 days, and infected people are contagious from just before the pimples appear.

7  Remedies for Chicken Pox

• There are many traditional remedies for chicken pox. For example, a witch hazel compress can be applied directly to the sores, or a little added to your bath to ease discomfort. You can also add baking soda to a bath to ease itching. Tie a handful of oatmeal in cheesecloth or an old stocking, and hang it under the running water when you fill the bathtub. Not only will this soothe itching, but it will encourage healing of skin. Try dabbing some vitamin E oil on the sores when they begin to dry up to help prevent scarring.

• Infusions of nettle are ideal for treating chicken pox, nettle is a strengthening herb that will help to heal the skin

• Aloe Vera gel, dabbed on the sores, can cool and help to promote healing

• Calendula cream can be applied to the sores to soothe and encourage healing, as well as to prevent scarring. A handful of calendula flowers can also be added to a bath.

• Echinacea can help to support the immune system and reduce the duration of the illness.

• A few drops of Roman chamomile can be used in the bath to soothe.

• Essential oil of lavender can be dabbed directly on sores to ease itching and encourage healing. Lavender also has an antibacterial action, which will help prevent a secondary infection.

SOURCE: 1000 home remedies, safe and sensible treatments for everyday aliments, Anova Books, 2011

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