Chickenpox is a benign skin reaction, but it can sometimes get complicated if not treated properly. Due to its symptoms and possible causes, it is important to know every basic aspect of its appearance and spread. From this point on, chickenpox in children can be treated naturally, the results are effective and the prognosis favorable.


What is chickenpox and what are its causes?

It is a disease that is developed by a virus called varicella-zoter , is contracted during childhood and is characterized by the fact that the skin has small pimples or blister-shaped lesions. Despite being very exaggerated to look at , chickenpox does not cause complications , at least not in most cases.

The reason why it occurs in children is because at an early age the immune system has not finished maturing. The virus is so powerful that no antigen can fight it. In fact, about 87% of infections that occur before the age of 15, which within the worst, is the most desired, because the older the person with chickenpox is, the more problems they present.

Due to the incidence of chickenpox in children, the WHO included the vaccine against this disease years ago. The indication suggests that if by age 12 you have not yet suffered from chickenpox, then getting vaccinated is the best option to avoid it.

Symptoms that occur

When chickenpox is acquired, an incubation period of 10 to 21 days begins. During this time, the little one may suffer from a slight fever, a symptom that initially does not reveal anything in particular. Upon passing the incubation stage, the eruptions appear, are tiny in size and range from 250 to 500.

The blister begins to become more frequent until it is very visible. These rashes are often very itchy and as a natural reaction children scratch themselves, but this is a mistake that should be avoided. At this point the fever rises, the headache appears, and discomforts such as nausea and loss of appetite are also noticeable.

Frequent questions

  • Is chickenpox contagious? Yes and a lot, parents often claim not to know how their children have been infected with chickenpox , ensuring that they are vaccinated and have a strict hygiene regimen. The truth is that this virus is transmitted through the air, traveling in the form of respiratory droplets that are expelled when speaking, skin-to-skin contact, sneezing or coughing.
  • At what point does it begin to be contagious and at what point does it stop being contagious? The child can become a potential “contagion” when it takes a day or two for skin lesions to appear. And it can stop being so when the skin rashes have become scabbing and start to fall off.
  • What complications does chickenpox cause in children ? The most common is bacterial superinfection of the blisters . The virus can also cause varicella pneumonia, encephalitis, or brain microinfarctions. But beware, these complications only occur if the disease has appeared and is not treated properly, that is why it is very rare to experience it.
  • Can the child with chickenpox bathe? Yes, far from popular belief, a daily bath will help relieve itching and prevent it from becoming infected with other bacteria or viruses from the environment.


Natural treatments for chickenpox

Home remedies for chickenpox are not intended to cure the problem, but rather to lessen the discomfort caused by chickenpox. In case of complications, the immediate help of a clinician is recommended who can stabilize a bacterial overexposure or any of the aforementioned alterations.

Green peas

They are ingredients that are used for the natural treatment of chickenpox . It begins by adding a cup of dry green peas in a container, now water is added and it is left to boil for a few minutes, finally it is strained and only the liquid is used to clean the rashes. Relief from irritation is immediate.


The oatmeal is able to relieve swelling of the body due to the eruptions that has chickenpox. Just take two cups of ground oatmeal. This product should be placed in two liters of water and that both rest for about fifteen minutes. Then this mixture is transferred to a cloth bag, tied well and soaked in a tub of warm water and move it until it takes a milky color. Now put the child in the bathtub and proceed to bathe him for about 20 minutes.

Sodium bicarbonate

It is one of the best home remedies to combat chicken pox . Helps control irritation caused by itching. You only need to mix half a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. To apply it on top of skin rashes, a piece of sponge or cotton is used. Apply it in the morning and afternoon.

Marigold flowers

Calendula flowers relieve pain, the discomfort of itching and due to its properties it works as an antiseptic. Two tablespoons of this flower and one tablespoon of witch hazel (also known as witch hazel) are required for this home treatment. Both amounts are mixed in a cup of water and allowed to stand overnight. In the morning it is liquefied and the resulting paste is applied on the blisters.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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