Chickenpox, also called varicella, contagious
viral disease that affects mainly children. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4 million people
develop chickenpox each year, and more than 95 percent of Americans
will have had chickenpox by the time they reach adulthood.
Chickenpox - CAUSE
Chickenpox is caused by varicella-zoster virus, a type of herpes
virus. The virus spreads through the air via infected droplets emitted
from the nose or mouth while coughing or sneezing. Touching the
fluid from a chickenpox blister can also spread the disease. Chickenpox is contagious for approximately seven days during a person’s
period of infection. Contagiousness begins about two days before
symptoms appear and continues until all blisters have formed scabs.
Doctors recommend keeping the infected person isolated from others
during those seven days.
Chickenpox Sign and Symptoms
Typically, chickenpox begins with a low fever, headache, rash,
and a general feeling of sickness, or malaise. The rash, which usually
covers the face, scalp, and trunk of the body, starts as red bumps
but quickly develops into small blisters. The rash and the blisters
are extremely itchy. As the disease progresses, the blisters break
open and form scabs, which fall off after about one to two weeks.
The incubation period—the time between initial infection and
the first appearance of symptoms—is approximately two weeks.
- Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies
Antim tart., Rhus tox, Kali mur., Pulsatilla, Aconite, Ars-alb,
Apis, Belladona, Sulphur etc are known to work in cases of chickenpox.
Chickenpox - CONVENTIONAL
Treatment of chickenpox is usually limited to bed rest, acetaminophen
for relief of fever and discomfort, and measures that soothe the
itching, including lukewarm baths and application of topical medicines
such as calamine lotion. Excessive scratching can cause infection
of blisters, which can lead to scarring. Acyclovir, an antiviral
drug, is used to treat severe cases of chickenpox, particularly
in patients with a weakened immune system.
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 14th ed, McGraw-Hill
Davidson's Principles and Practise of Medicine, 17th ed, 1996,
New Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory, William
Boericke, 2nd revised ed., 2001, B. Jain
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