Chickenpox is an acute contagious disease, common to children, particularly between the ages of 1-10 years. Though it has a superficial resemblance to smallpox, it is an entirely a different disease and less severe.
But the good news is that chickenpox is a common illness for kids (like a rite of passage) and most people get better by just resting like you do with a cold or the flu. And the really good news is that, thanks to the chickenpox vaccine, lots of kids don’t get chickenpox at all. Kids who do get it, if they got the shot, often get less severe cases, which means they get better sooner.
Causes of Chickenpox (Laghu Masurika)
Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella-zoster.
In Ayurvedic terms, laghu masurika or chicken pox is caused by the vitiation of all the 3 doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Symptoms of Chickenpox (Laghu Masurika)
It may start out seeming like a cold: You might have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and a cough. But 1 to 2 days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots, on the chest and face. From there, it can spread out quickly over the entire body. Sometimes, the rash is even in a person’s ears and mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe.
- A rash that usually begins on the body and face and later, often spreads to the scalp and limbs.
- It may also spread to the mucous membranes especially in the mouth and on the genitals.
- The rash is often itchy.
- It begins as small red spots which develop into blisters in a couple of hours.
- After one or two days, the blisters turn into scabs.
- New blisters may appear after 3-6 days.
- The number of blisters differs greatly from one person to another.
- The infected person may run a temperature.
- These symptoms are mild in young children.
- Chickenpox lasts 7-10 days in children and longer in adults.
- Adults can feel very ill and take longer to recover. They are also more likely than children to suffer complications.
Complications Associated with Chickenpox
Though chicken pox is very routine, however in a few cases it may happen that the virus may spread to other sites or a superimposed bacterial infection takes place. The complications associated with chicken pox are as follows:
- Bacterial infections of the skin, soft tissues and bones
- Inflammation of the brain
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Reye’s syndrome: This is why one must NEVER give the patient aspirin during this illness as it can trigger the syndrome.
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
- Bell’s palsy
- Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Natural Home Remedies for Chicken Pox
- Make an herbal tea by steeping tulsi, chamomile and calendula in hot water. When the water has cooled to drinking temperature, add a twist of lemon and a teaspoon of honey. Drink twice or thrice a day for quick recover from chicken pox.
- Add oatmeal to the patient’s bathwater to calm inflammation and soothe the skin to make for a superb chicken pox treatment for itching.
- Applying sandalwood paste to the breakouts can help cool the skin.
- Being antibacterial in nature, honey is also a potent herbal medicine for chicken pox. Honey is an emollient so it can be applied on the blisters in the mouth as a great way to reduce burning and itching.
- Neem is considered as one of the best natural treatments for chicken pox. Boil neem leaves in water to give the patient a bath. Being highly antibacterial and astringent in nature, this bitter herb can pacify itching and eruptions that are faced by the sufferers. Consuming neem juice or chewing on neem leaves is also very helpful during this time.
- A cooling mud mask applied to the abdomen and chest twice a day can help bring down the feeling of feverishness and itching.
- Chicken pox scar removal remedy: Sponge the patient with water drained from green peas.
- Essential oils for chicken pox scar removal: Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, which relieves your skin from itchiness, irritation, and redness. Mix 6 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of chamomile, 10 drops of bergamot and 10 drops of lavender. Add this to a cup of fresh aloe gel. Apply all over to quicken the healing process of the red marks and scars.
- 1 gm of Haridra Churna to be taken with juice of bitter gourd leaves twice a day. This will reduce the itching and is one of the most effective natural remedies for chicken pox.
- Cool blisters and keep discomfort at bay by dabbing calamine lotion over the sores.
- Crush jasmine blossoms and mix with rice water. Add this to warm water and bathe in this to alleviate burning, reddened skin.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Chickenpox
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