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When you or your child has
rash that develops can be very uncomfortable.
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Home treatment methods
can help reduce the itchiness of the chickenpox rash. Try the following suggestions to make you or your child more comfortable and keep scratching
Warm to cool baths can help relieve itching.
Take baths for 20 to 30 minutes as often as needed to stay clean and soothe
your itchy skin. Always stay with young children when they are in a bathtub.
You can apply cool compresses to itchy
You can apply soothing lotions that can
help dry chickenpox blisters. But talk to your doctor before using lotions that
contain antihistamines. You could try lotions with:
Some general hygiene
practices can help prevent skin irritation and scratching.
Lotions or creams that contain
antihistamines should not be used for chickenpox. But sometimes antihistamines
that are taken by mouth will help relieve itching.
can be especially challenging to control a child's scratching. Try the
following methods to help keep your child from itching the rash or help prevent
skin infection that can result from scratching:
Take general precautions to control
itching and to prevent additional problems.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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