What is Chicken Pox?
Chickenpox is a communicable illness that results in red spots or blisters and a rash which itches. It spreads throughout the body. Pregnant women, teenagers, adults and newborns have difficulty in fighting the infection. Children aren’t at a risk with chickenpox. A child who has been infected should stay away from school and others who haven’t ever been infected. It is very unlikely for a recurrence of this disease even though the virus stays in the system long after the disease has been cured. If it gets reactivated again, it may lead to shingles which is an infection that is painful.
Causes & Transmission
Varicella zoster virus causes chicken pox and it may be easily transmitted. The blister fluid from an infected person may transmit the virus. Even sharing drinks and foods with an infected person or their cough and sneeze may transmit it. The virus may be transmitted even before the person having it has shown any symptoms. Not having the illness or the vaccine for chicken pox puts you at a high risk for chicken pox. Living with an infected person increases the chances of getting chicken pox. Pregnant women having any symptoms of chicken pox should consult a doctor immediately as the virus may result in severe infections in the newborn or may result in birth defects.
Home treatment is generally adequate for most children and healthy adults. Medicines for reducing itching and fever, and rest is the best home treatment. Oatmeal baths can help as well for itching. People having chronic diseases or any other medical ailments may require further treatment if they acquire the varicella zoster virus. Antiviral medication and immunoglobulin treatment may be needed. A doctor might prescribe these medicines if there is a viral exposure to give some relief.
A chickenpox vaccine can help prevent this disease. Children should get the vaccine as a part of their yearly medical checkup. The illness is preventable if you were near a person with chickenpox. A shot of chickenpox antibodies or an instant vaccination is essential to prevent the communication and spread of the virus. A lot of times, parents deliberately get their children infected when a child in the same neighborhood or school gets chickenpox. The early onset of chickenpox ensures lifelong resistance against the virus in most cases. This in turn is better as chickenpox in children is better treatable and manageable than that of adults.
The worst part about being diagnosed with chicken pox is that even after the virus leaves your body, your skin is still marked with scars from the blisters. Like any other scar, in most cases these scars fade with time but this process can be quite slow. Scars, especially those on your face can also affect your self confidence and image. Luckily, there are a number of ways to deal with chickenpox scars and fasten the fading process.
Here are a few tips to help reduce scars caused by chickenpox:
Shingles is a type of skin infection that results in rashes on certain parts of the body. It is characterized by a single stripe of blisters that may occur on either side of the body. The varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox is also responsible for causing shingles. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus remains in a dormant state in the body. If the virus gets reactivated, it might cause shingles.
The symptoms of shingles are:
The first symptom of shingles is the pain that results from the rash. In some cases, rashes may occur around the eyes.
Shingles is caused by the virus that is responsible for chickenpox. After lying dormant for certain period of time, the virus may get reactivated and travel through the nerve pathways on the skin. This is more likely to happen if your immunity level is somehow affected, which makes it easier for the body to get infected.
Shingles may result in certain complications in the body such as:
Chickenpox is an airborne illness, which spreads effortlessly through sneezes and coughs of an affected individual. The disease is highly contagious and is caused due to an infection by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The characteristic features are skin rashes that form small, itchy blisters. It may also spread through contact with the person affected with blisters.
Symptoms: The early signs in teenagers and adults (loss of appetite, nausea, pain in muscles and headache) followed by the trademark rash or oral sores and mild fever that indicate the presence of the ailment. In children, there is an absence of the early signs. The rashes begin as red spots on visible areas of the body and thereby increases in severity as time progresses.
At the stage of blister, intense itching occurs. Visible symptoms develop in the oral cavity and tonsil in the form of ulcers, which can be extremely painful. These symptoms appear between 10 to 21 days of contact with the infected person. Since the nasal excretion contains the virus, the infected person becomes infectious around 2 days before the visible symptoms appear. Usually, the condition self resolves in around 2 weeks.
Prevention: Chicken pox can be prevented by:
Treatment: Easing the symptoms is the main focus of treatment. The infected are advised to remain at home, in isolation, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Measures should be taken to avoid scratching so that secondary infections are prevented. Good hygiene and using of warm water to clean the skin daily, is mandatory. Paracetamol might be used to reduce fever. Treatment using antivirals (with 24 to 48 hours of onset) is recommended for adults, but not for children. Water intake to reduce dehydration and headache is advised.
Since chickenpox is more severe in adults than it is in children, parents usually favour their wards receiving the virus at an early age. This is countered by doctors who believe that children are safer using vaccination, which is the virus in a weakened form, rather than the disease that may prove to be fatal.
The cold days are here again, which means it is time to get those warm woollen clothes and jackets out of your closet. Winters are generally dry – lack of moisture in the air allows various illness-causing bacteria and virus to thrive. And if your immune system is weak, your body becomes vulnerable.
• Cold and flu - A viral infection of the throat and nose
• A sore throat - Pain and itchiness in the throat that worsens when you swallow
• Asthma - When your airways become narrow and inflamed, making it difficult for you to breathe
• Tonsillitis - When the oval-shaped tissues at the back of your throat become inflamed due to a bacterial/viral infection
• Acute ear infection - Excessive cold can lead to accumulation of moisture in the ear, which in turn causes an acute ear infection
• Chickenpox - An extremely contagious viral infection that spreads through the air, and is characterized by blister-like patches on the skin
How can homoeopathy help counter winter ailments?
Instead of relying on conventional medications, which have serious side effects, you can go for Homeopathy treatment. It is safer and more efficient.
• Homoeopathy treatment is based on a paradoxical theory. This means it believes that a substance that triggers a set of symptoms is also capable of curing them. The same substance if administered in a diluted form allows the body to develop the necessary defence mechanism to fight off the illness.
• Common cold flu, throat infection etc. occur when your immune system fails to fight back the bacteria/virus that is causing the problem. This occurs due to a weak immune system. Homoeopathy works to improve and boost immunity, so you do not encounter any of the above-stated ailments in winter.
• As stated earlier, medications and drugs used in traditional treatment methods often have adverse effects on the body. Homoeopathy, on the contrary, uses natural ingredients and substances from plant and animal bodies. This is why they are free from side effects.
Winters are the time for relaxation, laughter and celebration. However, falling sick during the peak season can force your plans to take a back seat. Therefore, precaution and seeking homoeopathy treatment at the earliest is the best way to counter winter ailments.
It is also called shingles. It is a painful localized skin rash with blisters that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (vzv). This is the same virus that also causes
Chickenpox. If anyone who has had chickenpox can develop this because vzv remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and vzv can reappear years later causing shingles.
So, mostly found in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons. Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again.
Causes- Varicella zoster virus.
Hospital admission should be considered for patients with severe symptoms and ophthalmic involvement.
Homoeopathy works very well here. Some medicines are described here. You can select on the basis of similimum.
What is Chicken Pox?
Causes & Transmission