Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes resilience throughout the body and face. This disease caused by the Varicella-zoster virus can be transmitted to people who have never had chickenpox. In addition to drugs, there are several home remedies that can help relieve symptoms and treat chickenpox.
Actions to help treat chickenpox:
1. Apply calamine lotion
Itching caused by chickenpox can be overcome by applying calamine lotion. The content of zinc oxide in this lotion can soothe the skin during smallpox. You can immediately apply lotion to the area of the itchy skin. However, do not apply this lotion around the eyes because it can cause a sore sensation.
2. Wear socks and gloves
It is very difficult to resist the urge to scratch the area of the skin affected by smallpox. the itching is sometimes unbearable and very torturous. When you are awake, you may still be able to hold it back, but when you sleep, of course it’s hard
During sleep you can subconsciously scratch it. As a result, the next morning your blisters may break and actually infect other parts of the skin. To prevent you from scratching unconsciously, use soft socks and gloves while sleeping.
Especially when chickenpox affects children, socks and gloves really help prevent your child from scratching the smallpox area. Do not forget to cut your child’s nails so that his nails do not hurt his skin when accidentally scratched.
3. Bathing using Outmeal
Besides being delicious to eat, Oatmeal can also help soothe and relieve itching when exposed to smallpox. You can make your own mixture for oatmeal baths, by:
- Take a cup of fresh oatmeal.
- Puree the oatmeal so that the texture turns into powder.
- Add mashed oatmeal into the bath to soak.
- Soak for about 20 minutes in it.
- Rinse with clean water.
4. Take a bath using baking soda
Besides being used to make cakes, baking soda can also be used in baths to treat chickenpox. Baking soda has anti-itchy and anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix one teaspoon of baking soda into a bathtub filled with warm water. Then, you can soak for about 15-20 minutes in it.
If you don’t want to soak, you can wipe or compress the itchy skin that is exposed to chicken pox with baking soda. You can use a soft towel or cloth moistened with water and mixed with baking soda. Baking soda helps neutralize acids in the skin and reduce irritation.
5. Compress with chamomile tea
Chamomile tea can help soothe the area of the skin affected by smallpox. Chamomile has an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect when applied directly to the skin. To reduce itching using chamomile tea, the first time you need to do is brew two to three tea bags. Then, dip the cotton or soft cloth into the tea and place it on the itchy skin. Pat gently so that the tea water is perfectly absorbed into the skin.
6. Take painkillers
You can take non-aspirin painkillers to relieve pain and also fever during smallpox. Don’t give aspirin-class drugs to children because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Reye’s syndrome is a disease that can attack the liver and brain. This disease can cause very serious conditions and can cause death.
7. Apply essential oil
Essential oils such as lavender or jojoba oil can help reduce itching and accelerate skin healing. There is an active ingredient in lavender oil which serves to reduce swelling, itching, and redness
Lavender oil can also help prevent infection or scar tissue. The linalyl acetate and linalol compounds contained in lavender oil can help heal wounds. However, before you use this essential oil, you should always do an allergic test first by applying a little on the skin first.
You can try various ways to treat chickenpox at home along with the medication given by your doctor.