Chickenpox is caused by a virus named varicella-zoster and is an infection that spreads easily from one person to another. The person who got affected by chicken pox exhibits the symptoms like itchy rashes and red spots on various parts of the body including the face and the entire body. Additional symptoms include fatigue, fever and loss of appetite. Chicken pox mostly affects the people with weak immune system, and in newborn babies followed by pregnant women. The symptoms remain for nearly two weeks, however trying some natural home remedies will help you to get relief from itching as well as the virus that is causing the chicken pox.
Causes of chicken pox
The common causes of chicken pox are rash appearing in the body 2 days after the person gets infected.
- It can be due to contact with broken chicken pox blisters
- Having a poor immune system
- Due to Herpes Zoster
- Can be due to inhaling airborne droplets.
Symptom of chicken pox
- Fluid filled blisters that are before the normal blisters break out.
- Red and itchy blisters
- Crust like covering on the broken blisters
- Loss of appetite
Homemade remedies to treat chickenpox
The usage of baking soda helps to control the itchiness and irritation that tend to generate during chickenpox.
Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda in sufficient amount of water and apply it on the affected area with the help of cotton ball or small piece of sponge and leave the solution to become dry on the body.
Margosa or neem leaves
It’s an Indian lilac followed by most of the Indians for quick recovery. Neem leaves are rich in the property of antiviral that helps to treat chicken pox. This can dry out blisters and reduce itching. Take some handful of fresh neem leaves and mash them to form a mild paste. Apply this paste on the blistered regions. Strew these leaves in bathing hot water and allow them to steep for a few minutes. Then, have a bath in this neem soaked water as it gives better results.
Oatmeal is known well to reduce the rashes and skin irritation. Try taking oatmeal baths to reduce the itchiness and irritation on the skin.
Take two cups of oatmeal and grind it to form as a fine powder, pour this powder into a cotton cloth and close its mouth. Drop this bag into a warm water tub and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, so that the water will absorb oatmeal extract. Now, soak your body in the water tub for a few minutes to get relief from itchiness.
The anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties of honey aids, to heal the chicken pox fast, it moisturizes the skin and helps to give relief from itchiness.
Bring good quality honey from the market and spread a layer of honey on the affected skin areas. One must need to repeat the process for two to three in a day until you note the difference.
Sipping one to two cups of herbal tea made from the specified herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, holy basil and marigold helps to give relief to your body.
Put one tablespoon of any of the above herb in one cup of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes and then strain the solution. Add a dash of honey, lemon and a little cinnamon to the solution, stir it and drink it.
Try drinking this tea in a regular manner to get the best results.
Carrot and coriander leaves
Carrot and coriander leaves are also used to treat chicken pox as they are cooling nature. They are beneficial in nature to cool the internal body during the infection. Blend carrot and coriander leaves soup that benefits you to recover fast. They are rich in antioxidants that help in the healing process. Slice a carrot and chop some coriander leaves to form a tiny piece. Boil them in half a cup of water for a few minutes and then strain the solution. Let it cool for some time. Drink the prepared solution as and when it is a bit hot, this helps to recover soon.
Ginger is a natural herb that helps to control the itching and to fasten the process of healing. Simply add a dash of ginger powder to your bathtub and soak your body for a few minutes. Try repeating this remedy as often as possible.
Alternatively, prepare a drink with ginger and sip it. Toss a few slices of ginger in a cup of water and boil it for a minute or two, strain the solution and drink it.
Vinegar is rich in acetic acid that is found in the usage of cooking. Vinegar can be used for medicinal purposes long back. Mild acid in vinegar helps to kill the harmful bacteria. Brown vinegar is used to treat chicken pox. As it helps to relieve irritation and make blisters dry off. It also prevents chicken pox scars easily.
One of the best ingredients that works effective in treating the chicken pox is brown vinegar. It prevents the scarring and heals the lesions fast. Add a cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm water and soak yourself for five to seven minutes.
Alternatively, mix a cup of brown vinegar into the lukewarm water. Use this water to take bath on daily basis to get rid of chicken pox.