Do you want to be ready when your child gets chickenpox? Do you want to be able to treat him or her properly so his condition may not worsen? Here are some facts you need to know and remember about chickenpox.
What Happens on the Onset of Chickenpox?
Chickenpox may start as a cold. You might experience runny or stuffy nose coupled with sneezing and coughing. Only after two days will the rash begin its development, first as bunches on your chest and face. From these places it can spread quickly over the whole body. Remember that the number of pox that will appear is different for every person; some may just get a few bumps, while some may be entirely covered from head to toe. Aside from these rashes, some individuals could also experience stomachaches and fever.
Initially the rash will look like pinkish dots; eventually, it will become a small blister that fills up with fluid. These blisters will show up in waves, that as soon as some begin to crust over, the next group will immerse. Usually, by the end of the seventh day these new chickenpox will stop appearing, but there may be cases when it come stop as early as the day three. In a week’s time basically all the blisters will start to heal.
The Spread of Chickenpox on the Body
The fact that chickenpox is contagious is undeniable. Its ability to spread to others is at its peak during the first two to five days from the day the person started to feel sick. In other words, it is about a day or two before the commencement of the rashes. Hence, it may be that you are already spreading chickenpox without knowing it. Chickenpox may be spread by coughing or sneezing. Even mere talking can pass chickenpox to others. Since when one opens his or her mouth to talk, tiny drops come out of the mouth and nose, and these drops are laden with the chickenpox virus. In the process anyone may easily breathe in these drops or get them in their hands and this is how the infection starts and spreads.
How to Deal with Chickenpox
It is a fact that the chickenpox blisters can be so itchy that it could drive you to scratching it. Keep cool and be strong, remember that by scratching them you can get yourself infected and could open your immune system to germs. But most of all, it will only cause your blisters to become permanent scars.
Here are some things you can do to help you control yourself from scratching. Keep cool because heat and sweat greatly contributes to the itch. Trim your nails so that if you scratch it will tear the blister. While soaking in a lukewarm bath put in some oatmeal, it will decrease the itching. Finally, apply calamine lotion it will also relieve the itch.