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Tips for managing chickenpox symptoms



Tiny Heart GoldDrink plenty of water.

Tiny Heart GoldTrim nails and consider using mittens to decrease the risk of infection via scratching.

Tiny Heart GoldHave a cool or lukewarm bath every 3-4 hours, but instead of soap try adding oatmeal, baking soda or moisturising bath lotion to the water. Pat skin dry.

Tiny Heart GoldDress in loose-fitting clothing and change the bed linen daily.

Tiny Heart GoldIf there are blisters in the mouth and throat, offer clear cool drinks and soft bland foods.

Tiny Heart GoldUse paracetamol for discomfort and pain but avoid aspirin or medicines containing salicylate or salicylic acid for children with chickenpox as there’s a link here with the rare condition Reye’s Syndrome.

Tiny Heart GoldProvide early antibiotic medicine if skin infection occurs.

Tiny Heart GoldFor healthy adolescents and adults, the use of antiviral medicine should be considered in addition to comfort measures. Starting antiviral medicine within 24 hours of the rash appearing may reduce the severity of the disease.



  




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