By Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai, Ayurveda
Chickenpox refers to a highly contagious acute viral infection that is characterised by highly painful and itchy red sores all over the body.
Causes: In most of the cases, Chickenpox can affect you if you come in contact with the infected person. Varicella-zoster, the virus responsible, spreads very rapidly and gets transmitted mainly through coughs, saliva, and direct contact with the sores. Usually, children, pregnant women, infant, mother, people with a weak immune system and adults who were not vaccinated for chickenpox previously have considerable chances of suffering from the infection. Also, chickenpox might cause other serious complications including pneumonia, skin infections and encephalitis (inflammation of one’s brain, often caused by an infection). ChickenPox is generally considered a mild disease, the symptoms of which generally improve and then subside within one or two weeks.
Symptoms: The symptoms of chickenpox appear within 10 to 21 days after the initial exposure to the virus. The most noticeable symptom is the appearance of sores all over your body including the eyes and mucous membrane. In addition to that, one is likely to experience high fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and intense headaches.Ayurveda can work as a useful remedy for chickenpox.
The most common Ayurvedic Remedies for Chickenpox are as follows:
- Applying honey on the rashes and the sores help treat such symptoms.
- You can drink a mixture of boiled and filtered ‘neem’ leaves with water during the initial stages of the disease. You can also mix ‘neem’ leaves in water before taking a bath after about 15 days from the diagnosis date. An application of neem and turmeric powder on the scars can help ease the itching as well.
- Sandalwood oil or coconut oil on the rashes can prove to be very effective if the itching persists.
- For intense irritation and itching that last for more than a week, a sponge bath with a solution of ½ tablespoon baking soda can help treat the condition.