Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection that causes an itchy, blister-like rash on the skin. While once seen as a “rite of passage” for children to progress into adolescence, many parents are choosing to give their children an immunization against chicken pox. This makes it less likely for many children to get chicken pox at a young age, and more likely for them to develop a more severe case as they get older. While chicken pox is highly contagious, most cases are not dangerous.
Chicken pox are typically a very uncomfortable condition because they it is incredibly itchy. It is important that those with chicken pox not scratch the blisters because this can slow down the healing process and it can also result in scarring. Scratching the blisters can also lead to another skin contagion as a result of the blisters becoming infected. At Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, we understand how uncomfortable chicken pox can be to patients of all ages. We are here to help you through this time, and we can provide ways in which to lessen your symptoms.
Certain lotions can be recommended or prescribed to help with your skin irritations. Soaking in a cool bath with oatmeal or other soothing ingredients is also recommended. Whether your child is experiencing chicken pox or you are experiencing them as an adult, it is important to get plenty of bed rest and to take any needed analgesics to reduce fever.
Adults who experience chicken pox tend to have more severe symptoms, including chills, aches, and more flu-like symptoms. Chicken pox is related to shingles, and they often have many of the the same symptoms.
If you or your child has chicken pox and are not finding relief with any at-home care, please contact Medical Dermatology Specialists today. We are skin experts, and we will help you find the relief that you need during this time. Because of how highly contagious chicken pox is, if you have multiple people in your home, it can take weeks for the condition to pass. We are here to assist you and your family’s needs. Call us today.