What is Chicken Pox?
Chicken Pox is a highly contagious disease that mostly affects children, particularly the ones below 12 years of age. But, people of all groups can also be affected by it, especially if they are not vaccinated. Mostly, an individual tends to become immune to this disease after suffering from it although the virus still stays in the body (in a dormant state). When this virus becomes active again (generally after a long time), it results in Shingles.
Shingles is the name of a viral infection which is often painful. Chicken Pox is characterized by red, itchy blisters all over the body. It is generally considered a mild disease which lasts up to a week or so. Vaccines are a must in order to prevent Chicken Pox. Although if an individual (whether vaccinated or not) develops this disease then the natural home remedies for Chicken Pox play an important role in healing it. The use of anti itch creams should be avoided as much as possible as they tend to aggravate the rashes.
Causes and Symptoms of Chicken Pox
As mentioned above, Chicken Pox is a contagious disease. It can spread from the infected individual to an uninfected individual as long as the infected individual has the ‘pox’ or blisters. The new born babies whose mothers had Chicken Pox during the pregnancy are more at risk of developing the disease. Besides, those individuals who have a low immunity are also likely to develop the disease if they come in contact with the Chicken Pox causing virus, Varicella zoster.
The full symptoms, that is, red, itchy, rash-like blisters manifest themselves after 1-2 days of having the infection. During these, one or two days, the sufferer ends to develop mild fever, sore throat, nausea and headache. After these initial couple of days, red spots appear all over the body, particularly on the face, chest and back. These spots are often filled with a liquid and tend to break open and crust over and this process takes place throughout the disease with new spots cropping up every day. Skin problems like Eczema tend to worsen the red spots or blisters.
Natural Home Remedies for Chicken Pox
• Goldenseal, St. John’s wort, burdock root, Pau d’arco, ginger, and echinacea are efficient natural home remedies for Chicken Pox treatment.
• Cut 100 gram of carrots and 60 grams of fresh coriander into small pieces. Then, boil them in water for some time and throw the excess residue away and keep the soup. Taking this soup on a daily basis throughout the disease is a tried and tested home remedy for curing the disease.
• Herbal teas prepared from therapeutic herbs like chamomile, marigold, basil, or lemon balm by adding honey, cinnamon and lemon to them serve as natural home remedies for Chicken Pox. For best results, this tea should be slowly consumed many times in a day.
• Adding a handful of neem leaves in lukewarm water and using this as bath water is an effective natural remedy against the problem of itching caused by the red spots. In the same way, ginger can also be added to the bath water.
• Take a bowl of water and place it on a pan. Next, add green peas to it and let it boil. After boiling, strain the water. Smearing this green pea mixture it on the red spots is a simple yet effective home remdy in curing them.
• Prepare a decoction by taking two cups of boiling water and adding one teaspoon of coltsfoot leaves, two tablespoons of queen of the meadow and two teaspoons of marigold flowers in it. Boil the mixture, strain it after about twenty minutes and finally let it cool. Taking one cup of this tea on a daily basis is one of the most highly beneficial home remedies for Chicken Pox.
• Applying honey on the red spots is a highly recommended natural home remedy in the treatment of the blisters developed during the course of the disease.
Diet for Chicken Pox
The diet for Chicken Pox is aimed at a speedy recovery from the disease and providing relief from the irritating red rashes/blisters spread throughout the body. For this, the diet should consist of sufficient amounts of vitamin E which aids in the healing process of the skin. Applying Vitamin E oil is a highly recommended remedy in curing Chicken Pox. Vitamin B12 found in the dairy products is highly beneficial in curing the disease. The patient should liberally consume juices of raw fruits and vegetables. Lemon juice is quite effective in this regard. The patient is also advised to drink plenty of water to keep the body well hydrated.