CHICKEN POX

INTRODUCTION

  • Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes an itchy rash with small, fluid-filled blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious to people who haven't had the disease or been vaccinated against it. Today, a vaccine is available that protects children against chickenpox. Routine vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CAUSES

  • Chickenpox infection is caused by varicella-zoster virus. It can spread through direct contact with the rash. It can also spread when a person with the chickenpox coughs or sneezes and you inhale the air droplets.

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever

  • Loss of appetite

  • Headache

  • Tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell (malaise)

THREE PHASES

  • Raised pink or red bumps (papules), which break out over several days.

  • Small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), which form in about one day and then break and leak.

  • Crusts and scabs, which cover the broken blisters and take several more days to heal.

COMPLICATIONS

  • Bacterial infections of the skin, soft tissues, bones, joints or bloodstream (sepsis)

  • Dehydration

  • Pneumonia

  • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)

  • Toxic shock syndrome

  • Reye's syndrome in children and teenagers who take aspirin during chickenpox

  • Death

HOMOEOPATHIC THERAPEUTICS


  • Aconite – For Initial Inflammation of Chicken Pox

Aconite is a natural medicine for the first inflammatory period of chicken pox. Aconite is prepared from a plant named Aconitum Napellus or Monkshood. The natural order of this plant is Ranunculaceae. The key features to use it are red skin rash with hot skin. High fever is present with the rash. The person is highly anxious and restless along with the above features. An increased thirst for water is usually present.

  • Belladonna – For Inflammatory Stage of Chicken Pox

Belladonna is a natural remedy for chicken pox prepared from a plant named Deadly Nightshade. The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. Belladonna also works well in first inflammatory stage of chicken pox. The key indications for using Belladonna include a skin rash with a bright red, dry, hot, burning, smooth and sensitive skin. High fever, rapid pulse, and a severe headache are present in most of the cases.

  • Rhus Tox – For Chicken Pox with Itchy Eruptions

Rhus Tox offers a natural cure for chicken pox with itchy eruptions. The eruptions may be vesicular or pustular and are attended with intense itching. Sweating worsens the itching. A burning sensation along with itching is present. The burning mostly arises after scratching the eruptions. The person may be highly restless and experience prominent body aches.

  • Antimonium Tart – For Chicken Pox with Rash and Vesicles/Pustules

Antimonium Tart is a natural remedy for chickenpox where there is rash accompanied by pustules and vesicles. The eruptions are painful, dry up, and get crusted afterward. They also tend to leave marks on the skin. The pustules tend to leave bluish-red marks. This medicine is also indicated for the slow development of eruption in chicken pox.

  • Thuja and Merc Sol – For Chicken Pox with Large Pustules

Thuja and Merc sol are useful homeopathic medicines for chickenpox with large pustules. There is profuse suppuration (pus discharge.) These medicines are used during the stage of maturation in cases of chickenpox. Among them, use of Thuja is known to prevent scar formation in chicken pox.

  • Antimonium Crudum – For Chicken Pox with Pustules with Yellow-brown Scurfs

Antimonium Crudum is indicated for chickenpox with pustules with yellowish or brown scurfs. These eruptions are itchy and get sore upon scratching. These eruptions are painful to pressure. The character of pain may be shooting in nature. Diarrhea may be present along with the above symptoms.

  • Bryonia – For Slow Development of Eruptions in Chicken Pox

Homeopathic medicine Bryonia is prepared from the root of plant Bryonia Alba. It is commonly known by the name of White Bryony or Wild Hops. This plant belongs to the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Bryonia is useful in cases of chicken pox where there is a slow development of eruptions. It is also indicated for a suddenly receding rash in chicken pox. Dryness on the skin may be marked, and there may be prominent body aches. A Suddenly receding rash may be attended with difficult respiration in cases where Bryonia is required.



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