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Other Treatments for Chickenpox
- Antihistamines are often given to reduce the sensation of itch. They often cause drowsiness.
- Warm, moist compresses may help.
- Warm colloidal oatmeal baths or baking soda baths may offer some relief.
- Calamine lotion is commonly used, but it is of unproven effectiveness.
- Avoid scratching as much as possible.
- Keep fingernails trimmed short.
- Gloves or mittens may be especially helpful for young children.
- Pus-like rash
- Sores in the eyes
- High fever
- Severe headache
- Confusion or unusual drowsiness
- Persistent vomiting
- Breathing difficulties or severe cough
- Chest pain
Chickenpox. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/chickenpox.html . Updated May 2010. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/ . Updated April 25, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013