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5 Things to Know About Chicken Pox

Oatmeal Really Is a Recommended Treatment for Symptoms

As we have mentioned, scratching a chicken pox rash is something that should be avoided when at all possible. Not only can it increase the odds of a secondary infection, it can also lead to permanent scarring.

There are ways to reduce itchiness so that scratching is less likely. One of the most frequently recommended therapies is an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal is an ideal treatment because it has several positive effects on skin, including moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing capabilities.

The oatmeal used for such skin treatments isn't the kind you eat; rather, it's a finely ground powder. You can likely find an oatmeal bath at your local drugstore, but if you aren't able to leave the house, make your own by grinding uncooked oatmeal in a blender and adding two cups of it to a warm bath.

In addition to oatmeal, you might also want to use calamine lotion to reduce itching and gloves to cut back on scratching.

When it comes to treating fever, over-the-counter pain relievers usually do the trick. However, be aware that aspirin taken during a bout of chicken pox can lead to Reye syndrome. Children are at particular risk for this complication.

You might be able to avoid all of these symptoms if you follow the advice on the next page.