Today we’re share with you about Chickenpox and it’s treatments honestly we think we’ve probably had about 300 messages from parents to do a research on this so without further ado let’s begin..
WHAT IS CHICKENPOX:
Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection, which means it spreads easily from person to person. If you’ve not had chickenpox before and someone in your household gets it, it’s very likely you’ll catch it too.
Chickenpox is a common infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. It causes an itchy, spotty rash. The spots start flat then become raised and blistered, before crusting over. For most people, chickenpox isn’t serious. You’ll probably feel better after a week or so.
You can catch chickenpox at any time of year, but it’s most likely in spring. It’s most common in children under 10, but you can catch it at any age. Once you have had chickenpox, you’re very unlikely to catch it again. About nine out of 10 adults are immune as a result of catching chickenpox when they were a child.
If you’ve had chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus will stay dormant in your body for the rest of your life. At any time later in life, the virus could be reactivated, causing shingles.
SYMPTOMS OF CHICKENPOX:
1. Chickenpox starts with red spots. They can appear anywhere on the body.
2. The spots fill with fluid. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area.
3. The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.
You might get symptoms before or after the spots, including:
- High temperature above 38C
- Aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell
- Loss of appetite
Chickenpox is a common infection caused by the Varicella Zoster
This virus can cause an itchy and spoty rash that can spread the entire body the spots first start flat then they become raised and blistered before crusting over after a week or two and going away.
It’s most commonly in children under 10 years chickenpox is a mild illness which can be managed at home you’ll probably feel better in about a week now the good news is once you’ve had chickenpox you’re very unlikely to get it again and the bad news is that with chickenpox you can get a high temperature above 38 degrees aches, pains and generally feeling unwell it can also make children feel very grumpy and in adults the symptoms can be much worse
How to Treat Chikenpox ?
The first thing you need to do is stay away from school or work until the spots have completely crusted over this usually takes about five days after the spots first appear and it’s so you can prevent spreading it and also so you can get some rest.
If you’re in pain and discomfort then paracetamol is a really good baseline but before you take it check with your pharmacist or healthcare professional that it’s okay for you to take and with all medicines always read the information leaflet.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION & WHEN TO SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION:
• If you have chickenpox don’t be around pregnant women, newborn babies and people with a weakened immune system, as it can be dangerous for them.
• Don’t use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by your doctor, as it may cause a serious skin infections called necrotising fasciitis.
• Don’t give aspirin to children under 16.
Speak to a GP if:
• You’re not sure it’s chickenpox.
• The skin around the blisters is red, hot or painful (signs of infection)
your child is dehydrated.
• You’re concerned about your child or they get worse.
Tell the receptionist you think it’s chickenpox before going in. They may recommend a special appointment time if other patients are at risk.
Ask for an urgent GP appointment if:
• You’re an adult and have chickenpox.
• You’re pregnant and haven’t had chickenpox before and have been near someone with it.
• You have a weakened immune system and have been near someone with chickenpox.
• You think your newborn baby has chickenpox.
In these situations, your GP can prescribe medicine to prevent complications. You need to take it within 24 hours of the spots coming out.
Let’s take a look at this Necrotising fasciitis have you heard of it?
Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, are not recommended in chickenpox because it can increase the risk of getting a serious skin infection called Necrotising fasciitis so please avoid it unless it’s recommended by a healthcare professional.
Why should we avoid itching the spots?
Well if you itch the spots then it can actually damage the spots which leads to scarring perfect… so to help with this you can put clean socks on your children’s hands and that’ll prevent them from scratching themselves you can also cut nails short, wear loose clothes and try cooling creams and lotions like calamine for instance which work really well in chickenpox.
If the itching is still bad then speak to your pharmacist about getting an antihistamine to help with it, Chlorphenamine is good for this but it does cause drowsiness but once you speak to your pharmacist they’ll be able to pick the best one that suits your needs
Our final tip for anyone who is feeling unwell is to stay hydrated and continue to stay hydrated during this period so drink plenty of fluids
if your child is struggling to drink fluids then ice lollies are a really good alternative they’re also really good when you stuck in a really hot room with chickenpox we’d highly recommend everyone to know when to speak to a healthcare professional urgently.
We hope you find this information useful and as always if you have any of your own tips that others may find helpful then leave a comment below we’d love to read it too.
The chickenpox vaccine
You can get the chickenpox antibody on the NHS if there’s a danger of hurting somebody with a debilitated insusceptible framework.
For instance, a tyke could be inoculated on the off chance that one of their folks was having chemotherapy.
You can pay for the antibody at some private centers or travel clinics. It costs somewhere in the range of £120 and £200.