Chickenpox: A highly infectious viral disease also known medically as varicella — in many countries, this disease is always called “varicella” — that causes a blister-like rash, itching, fatigue and fever. The rash crops up first on the face and trunk and can spread over the entire body resulting in 250 to 500 itchy blisters.
Signs & Symptoms:
A rash is the most common symptom of the chickenpox. However, you will be contagious several days before the rash develops and will experience other symptoms first, such as:
loss of appetite
About two days after you experience the symptoms mentioned above, the rash will begin to develop. The rash goes through three different phases before you recover from the virus. These phases include:
developing red or pink bumps all over your body
bumps filled with fluid that leak
bumps that scab over and begin to heal
The bumps on your body will not all be in the same phase at the same time. New bumps will appear throughout your infection. You are still contagious until all the bumps on your body have scabbed over.
The varicella-zoster virus causes the chickenpox infection. Most cases occur through contact with an infected person. The virus may be contagious several days before blisters appear, and it remains contagious until all blisters have crusted over. It is spread through:
contact with blisters
How To Cure:
- Baking Soda
Baking soda can help control the itchiness and irritation from chickenpox.
Stir one-half tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Use a soft washcloth to put the solution on the affected parts of the body and allow it to dry.
Another option is to mix one-half or one cup of baking soda in your bath water and soak in it.
- Carrots and Coriander
A soup made of carrots and coriander is highly beneficial in the treatment of chickenpox. It is rich in antioxidants that help in the healing process.
Cut up 100 grams of carrots to get about a cup of chopped carrots and chop 60 grams or one and one- half cup of fresh coriander leaves and boil them in about two and one-quarter cup of water until half the amount of water evaporates.
Drink the soup once a day for about a month. You can also eat the boiled carrots and coriander leaves for added strength.
- Brown Vinegar
One of the most effective remedies for treating chicken pox is brown vinegar. It will relieve skin irritation and help heal the lesions and prevent scarring.
Simply add one-half cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater, and soak in the bath for about 10 to 15 minutes.