Chicken pox is a common disease in children. The ailment is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. In chicken pox rashes develop on the entire body, which are red in color and are itchy by nature. It has been seen that adults are also infected with chicken pox sometimes. The symptoms in their case are also similar to that of children.
Mentioned below are some effective home remedies to treat chicken pox in children :
Use baking soda
Sponging the chicken pox patient with baking powder mixed in water can give relief from itchiness. Half teaspoon of baking soda is to be mixed in a glass of water and the patient should be sponged with that. The solution should be left on the skin to dry. This instantly reduces itchiness. You can bath your child in a warm bath of baking soda and water. This is safe and quickens healing.
The antiviral properties in neem help in dealing with the varicella-zoster virus. Fresh branches from neem tree can be placed all around the bed of the patient. Patients can be fanned with neem fronds as that reduced irritation and itchiness. Neem paste can also be applied to the blisters. Once the scabs go off the skin, neem bath is highly recommended.
Anti-itch cream from essential oils
For preparing this cream, you will need 1tsp baking soda, 1tbsp witch hazel, 1tsp fine sea salt, 2tsp bentonite clay, few drops of lavender oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, ravensara oil, clove oil, rosemary oil and naouli oil. All these ingredients have to be blended together into a smooth paste. Dab this paste on the rashes for relief from itchiness.
The acetic acid in vinegar combats the harmful bacteria of chicken pox. It also helps in drying off blisters, prevents scarring from blisters and reduces itching considerably. Pour in half a cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathing water and bathe your child in it, for relief from burning and itching.
The antibacterial component of honey is excellent for curing irritation. Applying honey on the blisters or rashes provides a soothing effect. The layer of honey needs to be kept for a few minutes and then washed off with lukewarm water.
One of the best ways to get rid of itchiness in chickenpox is to bathe in water with peas boiled in them. Also, the soft boiled peas can be made into a paste and applied on the skin to reduce itching and irritation. It should be washed off after keeping on the skin for some time.