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Treatments for Chickenpox

Treatments for Chickenpox:

Treatment of the chickenpox starts with prevention. The best protection from getting or spreading the chickenpox is receiving chickenpox vaccination. It is possible that a person who has had chickenpox vaccination may still get chickenpox, but the disease is generally far milder and the duration is shorter.

Preventing the spread of chickenpox and other contagious diseases includes covering the mouth and nose with an elbow or a tissue when sneezing or coughing and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. Avoiding contact with a person who has chickenpox and staying away from other when you have chickenpox is also key to preventing its spread. Chickenpox is highly contagious until all of the blisters of the chickenpox rash have scabbed over, generally after about 7 to ten days.

There is no cure for the chickenpox. Good supportive care is needed to keep the body strong and able to resist secondary bacterial infections and other complications.

Once the disease is contracted, treatment includes measures to help relieve symptoms so that a person is comfortable enough to get the rest needed to keep up strength and recover without developing complications. Treatment includes rest and over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, to ease discomfort and fever. Aspirin should never be given to children or adolescents who have chickenpox or a fever because of the risk of developing a life-threatening disorder called Reye's syndrome.

Other medications that may be recommended include calamine lotion that can be applied to the rash to ease itching. An antihistamine may also be prescribed to ease itching. An anesthetic, pain-relieving cream can help to ease discomfort of the rash that occurs in the genital area. Good care also includes rest and drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Antibiotics are not prescribed for the chickenpox because they are ineffective against the virus that causes the chickenpox. However, antibiotics may be prescribed if a person develops a secondary bacterial infection as a complication of the chickenpox, such as a cellulitis or bacterial pneumonia. In some cases antiviral medication may be prescribed to help reduce the severity and shorten the length of chickenpox.

Treatment List for Chickenpox

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Chickenpox includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Anti-itch treatments
  • Warm baths
  • Calamine lotion
  • Avoid scratching blisters
  • Isolation to avoid contagion to others
  • Avoid aspirin for children - the use of aspirin in treating children with chicken pox is linked to Reye's syndrome
  • Bed rest
  • Fluids
  • Chicken pox is usually a self limiting illness in most people, and treatment in this group is symptomatic. In certain patients such as the immunocompromised the disease may be severe and /or life threatening. Treatments include:
    • Symptomatic therapy
      • Tepid baths
      • Soothing lotions
      • Analgesics (avoid aspirin)
      • Adequate fluid intake
      • Avoid scratching
    • Antivirals - for life threatening complication such as encephalitis and pneumonia, and in immunocompromised patients

Alternative Treatments for Chickenpox

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Chickenpox may include:

Chickenpox: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Chickenpox may include:

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Chickenpox:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Chickenpox include:

  • Acyclovir
  • Zovirax
  • Varicella virus vaccine
  • Varivax
  • Avirax
  • Acifur
  • Alti-Acyclovir
  • Apo-Acyclovir
  • Gen-Acyclovir
  • NuAcyclovir
  • Ratio-Acyclovir
  • Cicloferon
  • Isavir
  • Laciken
  • Ophthavir

Latest treatments for Chickenpox:

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Hospital statistics for Chickenpox:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Chickenpox:

  • 0.028% (3,561) of hospital consultant episodes were for varicella (chickenpox) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for varicella (chickenpox) required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for varicella (chickenpox) were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for varicella (chickenpox) were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Effective medications (e.g., acyclovir) are available to treat chickenpox in healthy and immunocompromised persons (e.g, those with cancers, HIV/AIDS, receiving medications that depress the immune system). (Source: excerpt from Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC)

Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG), an immune globulin made from plasma from healthy, volunteer blood donors with high levels of antibody to the varicella zoster virus, is recommended after exposure for persons at high risk for complications (e.g., immunocompromised persons, pregnant women, premature infants <28 weeks gestation or < 1000 grams at birth and premature infants whose mothers are not immune). (Source: excerpt from Facts About Chickenpox (Varicella): CDC-OC)

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