Chicken Pox is a common illness that mainly affects children and causes an itchy, spotty rash. Most children will catch chicken pox at some point. It can also occur in adults who did not have it when they were a child.
It is usually mild and clears up in a week or so, but it can be dangerous for some people, such a pregnant women, new born babies and people with a weakened immune system.
Chicken Pox has several symptoms which can indicate someone has the illness.
- Spots- red raised spots develop on the face or chest before spreading to other parts of the body -Blisters- after spots begin to develop blisters will develop on top of them. They are usually itchy fluid filled blisters
- Scabs and Crusts- After a few days, the blisters will dry out and scab over to form a crust, the crusts then gradually fall off by themselves over the following week or fortnight.
How to treat at home
Chicken Pox can be treated at home using several products.
- Paracetamol- Paracetamol can relieve fever and discomfort and is suitable for children in the correct doses. It is NOT recommended to use anti- inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen as they can sometimes make people with chicken pox very ill.
- Calamine Lotion- Calamine lotion, PoxClin or other soothing lotions can ease the pain when applied directly to spots/ rash.
- Stay Hydrated- It is important to stay hydrated when suffering from chicken pox so drink plenty of fluids.
When to contact your GP
- You’re not sure if you or your child has chicken pox
- Your baby is less than 4 weeks old and has chicken pox
- You develop chicken pox as an adult
- You have been in contact with someone who has chicken pox and you’re pregnant or have a weakened immune system.