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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 decade ago

Chicken pox at 15?

So I've been unlucky enough to get chicken pox recently. They've only started blistering today & itch like crazy, though Im smart enough to know not to scratch them haha.

I have a river cruise coming up on the 30th, do you think that the chicken pox will be healed by then, if not atleast easy to cover up by foundation when they start to crust over?

Also, I hear that drinking lots of fluids speeds up the process of the chicken pox?

Anything you could reccommend to make the itchiness stop for a bit?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sorry....don't know how to make the itchiness go away. But for later....when the scab falls away, you can get rid of the scars faster by applying a paste of ground chick pea flour ('besan') on your face....you could also use the flour to wash your face instead of soap. I know it's a natural and speedy way to clear your complexion. And yes, drinking loads of water helps. Get well soon.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When my son had chicken pox, his doctor recommended a product called Sayman's Salve; you may be able to get it at a pharmacy. Calamine lotion helps some people as well, as does colloidal oatmeal in a cool bath. I don't know if drinking lots of fluids will help, but it certainly won't hurt! Since the course of chicken pox is usually two weeks, I suspect that by the time the 30th rolls around, most of your bumps will be gone, particularly if you can refrain from scratching (which you seem to be doing). Once they're no longer itching, vitamin E cream may help them to heal. Hang in there!

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  • 4 years ago

    The fowl pox shot only reasons some little spots on some childrens. My grand daughter had 3 spots i think of. Your son could be uncovered to fowl pox everywhere. The grocery, the park, even church. The particularly fowl pox is depressing. Its blisters throughout his physique, some interior the mouth, etc. 2 of my childrens had it horribly while they have been 4 and 5. We spent a depressing 3 weeks coping with it. My youngest son is 28 and he has under no circumstances had it and neither have I. I hear its a lot worse as an person. So please get the shot on your son. save him a lot of distress. You and your husband did no longer have the shot as its only been used the final 10-15 years. Your mom says you had it two times? often once you have fowl pox it would not return. as a strategies because of the fact the flu vacs its a lot safer now and would not make you unwell like while they used a stay virus. So please help shop your son properly and get the vaccines.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Chicken pox lasts for about 8 to 12 days, so you should be well by the 30th. It is infectious till all the lesions are scabbed. Itching can be helped by washing with oatmeal or gram flour.Calamine lotion, Sarna lotion and antihistamines like Benadryl also help. You should drink plenty of fluid in all illnesses with fever, as fluid requirement is increased due to increased metabolic rate.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Go to the Health Food store and get a homeopathic ointment called Calendula for healing of the skin. There is another Homeo. rememdy called 'Sting Stop' to stop the itching. You can apply both at the same time. As soon as the itching stops ...use the Calendura ointment alone.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Contagiousness

    Chickenpox is contagious from about 2 days before the rash appears and lasts until all the blisters are crusted over. A child with chickenpox should be kept out of school until all blisters have dried, usually about 1 week. If you're unsure about whether your child is ready to return to school, ask your doctor.

    Chickenpox is very contagious — most kids with a sibling who's been infected will get it as well, showing symptoms about 2 weeks after the first child does. To help keep the virus from spreading, make sure your kids wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom. And keep a child with chickenpox away from unvaccinated siblings as much as possible.

    People who haven't had chickenpox also can catch it from someone with shingles, but they cannot catch shingles itself. That's because shingles can only develop from a reactivation of VZV in someone who has previously had chickenpox.Dealing With the Discomfort of Chickenpox

    You can help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort of chickenpox by:

    Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days. Oatmeal baths, available at the supermarket or pharmacy, can help to relieve itching. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)

    Patting (not rubbing) the body dry.

    Putting calamine lotion on itchy areas (but don't use it on the face, especially near the eyes).

    Giving your child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult. Avoid feeding your child anything highly acidic or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels.

    Asking your doctor or pharmacist about pain-relieving creams to apply to sores in the genital area.

    Giving your child acetaminophen regularly to help relieve pain if your child has mouth blisters.

    Asking the doctor about using over-the-counter medication for itching.

    Never use aspirin to reduce pain or fever in children with chickenpox because aspirin has been associated with the serious disease Reye syndrome, which can lead to liver failure and even death.

    As much as possible, discourage kids from scratching. This can be difficult for them, so consider putting mittens or socks on your child's hands to prevent scratching during sleep. In addition, trim fingernails and keep them clean to help lessen the effects of scratching, including broken blisters and infection.

    Most chickenpox infections require no special medical treatment. But sometimes, there are problems. Call the doctor if your child:

    has fever that lasts for more than 4 days or rises above 102° Fahrenheit (38.8° Celsius)

    has a severe cough or trouble breathing

    has an area of rash that leaks pus (thick, discolored fluid) or becomes red, warm, swollen, or sore

    has a severe headache

    is unusually drowsy or has trouble waking up

    has trouble looking at bright lights

    has difficulty walking

    seems confused

    seems very ill or is vomiting

    has a stiff neck

    Call your doctor if you think your child has chickenpox, if you have a question, or if you're concerned about a possible complication. The doctor can guide you in watching for complications and in choosing medication to relieve itching. When taking your child to the doctor, let the office know in advance that your child might have chickenpox. It's important to ensure that other kids in the office are not exposed — for some of them, a chickenpox infection could cause severe complications

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