March 13, 2018

HOME REMEDIES FOR CHICKEN POX

Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease, occurring usually in children. It usually affects children of three to four years of age. In most cases, the older the child, the more severe the attack.

Causes and symptoms:

Chicken pox usually begins with a low grade fever, a mild headache and a feeling of weakness. A rash appears on the skin on the first day of the disease. This is in the form of tiny red spots on the skin, mostly on the upper back or chest. In more severe cases, a rash may appear on the face and lower extremities. The papules turn into blisters and finally become pustules and form scabs, which fall off. They come in successive crops, so that whole some are dying, others are beginning to form. The skin clears after few days and the child feels well again. The duration of the disease ranges from ten to twenty one days but is usually between fourteen to seventeen days.

Chicken pox is caused by virus.The basic cause of the disease, as in most cases of childhood fevers, is however, persistent wrong feeding of children, which results in diminished defence mechanisms of the body.

Remedies:

1. Brown vinegar:

The use of brown vinegar is one of the most important among the several home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. 

Half a cup of this vinegar should be added to a bath of warm water. This will relive the irritation of the skin.


2. Oatmeal:

A bath of oatmeal is considered a natural remedy for relieving the itch due to chicken pox.  This bath is prepared by cooking two cups of oatmeal in two litres of water for fifteen minutes. This mixture is then put into a cloth bag, preferably cotton, and a string is tied tightly around the top. This bag is allowed to float in tub of warm water, and swished around until the water becomes turbid.

Precaution should be taken that the bag is not torn.  The child with chicken pox can splash and play in the water, making sure that the water goes over all the scalds, while the pouch of oatmeal can remain in the tub.

3. Pea water:

Green pea water is another effective remedy for relieving irritation of the skin. The water in which fresh peas have been cooked can be used for this purpose.

4. Baking Soda:

Baking soda is a popular remedy to control the itching in chicken pox. Some baking soda should be put in a glass of water. The child should be sponged with this water, so that the soda dries in the skin. This will keep the child away fro scratching the eruption.

5. Vitamin E Oil:

The use of vitamin E oil is valuable in chicken pox. This oil should be rubbed rubbed on the skin. It will have a healing effect. The marks left by chicken pox will fade away by this application.

6. Honey:

The use of honey is an external application has also proved valuable in chicken pox. The skin should be smeared with honey. It will help in the healing of the disease within three days.

7. carrot and coriander:

A soup prepared from carrots and coriander has been found beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. About 100 gms of carrots and 60 gms of fresh coriander should be cut into small pieces and boiled for a while. the residue should be discarded. This soup should be taken once a day.

8. Herbal tea:

A mild sedative herbal tea can also be prove beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox. This tea can be prepared from any of the herbs like chamomile, basil,marigold and lemon balm. A little cinnamon, honey and lemon may be added to this tea. I should be sipped slowly several times a day.

Dietary Considerations:

To begin with the patient should be put on a juice diet for a few days. He should be given plenty of raw fruit and vegetable juices. Lemon juice is considered to be especially beneficial.

As the condition improves, the patient can be placed on an all fruit diet for next few days. Therefore, he may be allowed to gradually adopt a well balanced diet, with emphasis on fresh fruits and raw vegetables.



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