A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Chickenpox
I had a question the other day about chickenpox.
The medical term for this is varicella.
Chickenpox is a common illness causing an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over your body.
It’s most common in children, but most people will get chickenpox at some point in their lives.
Chickenpox can cause problems for pregnant women, newborns, teens and adults, and people who have immune system problems.
Chickenpox usually isn’t a serious problem in healthy children.
After you’ve had chickenpox, you’re not likely to get it again.
But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness.
You can get it from an infected person who sneezes, coughs, or shares food or drinks.
You can also get it if you touch the fluid from a chickenpox blister.
A person who has chickenpox can spread the virus even before they have any symptoms.
Chickenpox is most easily spread from 2-3 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have crusted over.
The first symptoms of chickenpox are usually a fever, a headache, and a sore throat.
Your child may feel sick, tired, and not very hungry.
The chickenpox rash usually appears about 1-2 days after the first symptoms start.
It usually takes 14-16 days to get the symptoms of chickenpox after you’ve been around someone with the virus.
After a chickenpox red spot appears, it usually takes about 1-2 days for the spot to go through all its stages (blistering, bursting, drying, and crusting over).
New red spots will appear every day for up to 5-7 days.
To deal with chickenpox it’s beneficial to:
*Drink lots of purified water daily.
*Catnip tea sweetened with molasses is good for fever and can be given to infants and children, as well as to adults.
*Other recommended herbs include burdock root, ginger, and pau d’arco.
*Drink freshly made juices with protein powder and brewer’s yeast added. Also drink pure vegetable broth.
*When the fever drops and the appetite returns, use a “starter diet” consisting of only mashed bananas, avocados, fresh raw applesauce, and/or yogurt. Don’t use cooked or processed foods.
*Infants under 1 year of age need breast milk or infant formula, even when they have a fever. Give an older child lots of water or Performance.
*Take warm baths with uncooked oatmeal or cornstarch added to the water to help relieve some of the itching caused by chickenpox.
*Stay out of bright sunlight and keep interior areas dimly lit. Don’t expose the person to bright lights until completely healed.
*Take care not to scratch the pox. Keep a child’s nails short and clean, and bathe the child often. Put mittens on a young child’s hands if necessary. Use warm baths made with tea prepared with the recommended herbs, or ginger baths using cool water. Sponge the affected area with the tea. Wet compresses help to control the itching; use these often.
*Never give aspirin to a child who has a fever.
*Supplements may be crushed, gelcaps opened and added to juice, shakes, applesauce, etc.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
*Decrease food and drinks bought and/or stored in plastic containers.
*Decrease microwaved foods (denatured food).
*Become educated regarding all views and possible side effects of vaccinations.
*Become educated regarding possible side effects of any and all medications, over-the-counter or prescribed.
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