Chicken pox is a very common affliction that affects people of all ages, but it most commonly is seen in children. The symptoms of chicken pox are red bumps on the body that turn into blisters and the quantity increases over several days. The bumps can look like bug bites or a rash and it is sometimes hard to diagnose in the first couple of days. A big signal that it is chicken pox, though, is that it is usually accompanied by a fever. Keep a watch on the bumps to wee if they become blisters and if more emerge over a few days. If this does happen, it is most likely chicken pox.
Most of the time, chicken pox doesn’t need a doctors appointment and is easily treatable. There are some times, though, when consulting a doctor is advisable. What are some of these times?
*You aren’t sure, by day three if it is bug bites or chicken bites.
*If the child is an infant.
*Bumps seem infected
*Spots are on on the eyelids
*Accompanied by severe headaches, fever lasting more than five days, or cold like symptoms
It is important to not the chicken pox are highly contagious and the child should be quarantined for the duration of the illness. Years ago, it was popular to hold “chicken pox parties” so that all children would get it at the same time and be over it, but that is absolutely NOT recommended. Your child should no be allowed to go to school or daycare. From the time the spots begin to appear, it will be about seven days until they are no longer contagious. One sign to look for is scabbing on the spots. Once you see that you can safely allow you child to assume their regular activities.
The fever that usually comes with this ailment should only be treated if it reaches above 101. Honestly, any small fever below that will help the child to heal. If it starts to crest that, Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol can help to bring the fever down. Only acetaminophen and ibuprofen products are what should be used, never aspirin. Aspirin can cause a severe reaction during this time, so it is important to not use it.
This is going to be a hard one. Try not to scratch the bumps! Scratching will only cause infection and scarring. Fingernails that are kept short and clean while your child is sick is a great preventative step to take. Frequent baths will help sooth the itching and adding oatmeal to that bath will make that even nicer! You can also try topical antihistamines and calamine lotion on the itchy spots.
The chicken pox is definitely not fun, but it will pass. Most people will only get the chicken pox once in their lifetime. Once it is done, you shouldn’t have to worry about it again!