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Chickenpox


About
Chickenpox is a very contagious, yet common viral infection that results in an itchy rash characterized by red, pus-filled spots and blisters.


Notes
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  • Acyclovir is an antiviral drug that is sometimes used to treat chickenpox. It helps only if started within 24 hours after the sores appeared. It reduces the number of sores and shortens the duration of the sores. Premature babies, adolescents, and adults that are at risk for acute chickenpox are advised to take this medication.
  • Chickenpox sores can become infected. If this happens, an antibiotic ointment can be prescribed by a physician.
  • Most babies are born healthy even if their mother does contact chickenpox during pregnancy. However, early pregnancy chickenpox may infect the fetus and cause severe birth defects.
  • Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that is thought to become less a part of childhood as more and more children are given the Varivax or chicken pox vaccine. The Varivax vaccine was approved by the FDA in 1995. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that a single dose of this vaccine be give to all children between the ages of twelve months and twelve years that haven't contacted this disease, and not been vaccinated with Varivax. Children that haven't contacted chickenpox and are 13 years or older should be given two shots of the vaccine, four to eight weeks apart. This vaccine as been shown to be as much as 90 percent effective in the prevention of chickenpox. At this time the long term effectiveness of the vaccine is not known. It may be that a booster shot could be considered in later years.


Advice
  • Adults with chickenpox should see a doctor for treatment suggestions. A fasting program is recommended.
  • After the fever is gone and the appetite has returned you need to start out with only avocados, applesauce plain, yogurt, and bananas (mashed).
  • Do not scratch pocks. Ease some of the itching with wet compresses, ginger and cold water baths, or warm tea baths with certain herbs. To help the child stop itching, keep his nails short, give him baths regularly, and keep mittens on his hands if necessary.
  • Feverish children should not take aspirin as it could potentially cause Reyes syndrome.
  • For an infant with a fever, refrain from cow's milk or formula. Soy, rice, or almond milk is allowed for babies six months and older. The infant should drink a lot of water. Another alternative is fresh, diluted juice with 100-1,000 mg of vitamin C per 4 ounces of juice.
  • Fresh juice with protein powder is recommended along with vegetable broth.
  • Keep the child away from family members who have not had chickenpox, pregnant women, newborns, and elderly people.
  • Oatmeal (uncooked) or cornstarch baths help alleviate itching.
  • Stay away from bright lights, especially sunlight.
  • The following symptoms require immediate attention from your physician: Fever over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, stiff neck, tremors, and loss of muscle coordination.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Beta carotene
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Aids in healing tissues.
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Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Aids in healing tissues.
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Vitamin A
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healing of tissues. Best to use emulsion form.
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Vitamin A
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healing of tissues. Best to use emulsion form.
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Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boost immune system. Controls fever.
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Potassium
Importance: High
Comments: Lowers fever. Promotes healing.
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Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Stimulates immune system. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.
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Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Potent free radical scavenger. Helps with the healing process. Promotes oxygen flow.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Catnip Tea sweetened with molasses
Type: Internal
Purposes: It is thought to be helpful in reducing the eruption of chickenpox and may be effective in treating the fever. It is mild enough to be given to babies, children and adults. Can also be given as an enema to children over two years old.
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Burdock
Type: External
Purposes: Skin lesions can be treated through the use of the burdock root as the root of this herb is rich in many trace minerals that are required by the body. The root also helps to detoxify the body.
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Echinacea and Goldenseal
Type: External
Purposes: These two herbs provide a soothing feeling to the mucous membranes and affected skin areas. They are also helpful in clearing the infection and provide support to the immune system.
Cautions: the herb Echinacea should not be used on a continuous or daily basis for more than ten days in a single treatment period.
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Ginger, Pau d' arco and St. John's Wort
Type: External
Purposes: Bathing with these herbs can help to relieve itching. Pau d' arco balm or ointment applied to the affected skin area provides a soothing feeling. St. John's Wort as a tea compress has also been effective.
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