Chickenpox Advice & Treatment (Varicella Zoster)

Chickenpox is a mild but infectious disease that is most common in children

aged between zero and four years of age. Symptoms normally start with a

general feeling of being unwell. If you days later small itchy red spots will

appear on the body which will develop into a fluid filled blisters. You can take

10 to 21 days for your child to develop symptoms after coming into contact

with the virus. Chickenpox is very contagious and is infectious until the blisters has

burst and scabbed over.

We advise:

As chickenpox is a virus there is no cure for it but there are things you can

do to help relieve your Childs symptoms.

Try to make sure the child drinks plenty of water.

Ask your pharmacist for advice about giving children paracetamol if you’re

child has a fever.

Dress your child in light loose clothing and keep bedding to the minimum.

Keep your child fingernails clean and short to prevent keep scratching.

Apply care viruses chickenpox relief cooling gel which is clinically proven to

relieve chickenpox of itching.

You can also use chamomile lotion to relieve itching.

Note: you should contact your doctor immediately if your child has chickenpox

and:

Is under four weeks old

Has breathing difficulties

Has chest pain

Has skin blisters which became infected and look yellow and pus filled.

Chickenpox and working adults

It is of note that mothers with young children suffering from Chickenpox are

likely to want to take time off work to care for their child. As it would be

unknown (as a carrier) whether the mother could, in theory, pass on the virus to

other employee’s, an employee who work with young children should be given

adequate leave.

Once you have had chickenpox, you usually develop antibodies to the infection

and become immune to catching it again. However, the virus that causes

chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus, remains inactive (dormant) in your body’s

nerve tissues and can return later in life as an illness called shingles.

It’s possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles, but not the other

way around.