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Homeopathy For Chickenpox

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 13, 2017

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Overview

Chickenpox is an infectious disease that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus spreads through droplets in the air that come from the cough or sneeze droplets of an infected patient. The disease also spreads if one comes in contact with the blisters of a patient with chickenpox.

A person doesn’t have to be fully infected to spread the disease. If the virus has been introduced into the system, then a person who comes in contact will also contract the infection. The patient is contagious from when the rashes appear to when all the blisters have formed crusts. So, it is important to avoid any contact with an infected patient or their belongings and to keep the patient isolated.

There is a decline in the amount of chickenpox since the introduction of the varicella vaccine. A person who has never been exposed to the virus or been vaccinated has a higher chance of contracting the infection.

Chickenpox Symptoms

The appearance of itchy rashes characterizes chickenpox, but a child will have been affected about 1-3 weeks before the rashes begin to appear. It is contagious until 48 hours before the first rash appears.

Before the rash appears, the child infected with VZV may show symptoms such as fever, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, and a few flu-like symptoms.

These symptoms are then followed by the appearance of the rash. These rashes go through three different stages, after which the child usually recovers.

  • In the first phase, the child develops painful pink bumps all over the body

  • Then this is followed by the appearance of painful blisters that release yellowish fluid. If the blisters release greenish discharge, then it means the child has a bacterial infection. Besides the skin, the blisters might appear in the mouth, eyes, genitals and scalp

  • The blisters are then replaced with crusty scabs, which eventually fall off as you heal.

Before the scabby crusts appear, the rashes seem very itchy. These bumps appear at different times; therefore, all of it won’t be at the same phase.

It takes a week or two for the rashes to disappear completely.

Chickenpox Causes 

Chickenpox is caused by a virus known as Varicella zoster virus (VZV). Most people who have had the disease had received it through contact. The virus usually spreads in the initial days after a child is infected. During these days, rashes or blisters haven’t yet appeared, but it is advisable to quarantine the person until all blisters have crusted over.

The virus spreads through saliva, cough droplets, sneezing, or if a person comes in contact with fluid released from the blisters of the infected person.

Even after your initial contraction of chickenpox, the varicella virus remains at a dormant stage in your body. This virus later reactivates after years and manifests as a skin condition called shingles.

Read More- Chickenpox in Toddlers

What is Homoeopathy?

It is considered to be a natural form of medicine that is based on a principle called ‘like cures like'. Practitioners of homoeopathy, homoeopaths, believe that a substance that causes certain symptoms if consumed in minimal amounts will cure the said symptoms.

Homoeopathic Remedies for Chickenpox

When it comes to chickenpox, homoeopathic remedies are considered to be the most effective as they are considered to help the best when it comes to viral infections.

Not only are these remedies helpful in treating chickenpox, but it is also a prophylactic; hence it can also prevent the patient from contracting chickenpox.

Some of the effective remedies are listed below.

Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t.)

This substance is associated with several symptoms associated with weakness. This remedy is to be given if the child feels sweaty, nauseous and seems to suffer from cough, difficulty in breathing and chest congestion. 

Pulsatilla Pratensis (nigricans)

Pulsatilla Pratensis (nigricans), more commonly known as the small pasque flower. This remedy is used to treat blocked nose, dry cough, burning or itching in the eyelids, and severe headaches.

Sulphur (Sulph.)

This is considered to be one of the best remedies for dealing with the severe itching symptoms that the patient is unable to stop himself from scratching the affected areas. These symptoms worsen if there is an increase in temperature and humidity. Sulphur helps manage these symptoms.

Urtica Urens (Urt-u.)

This remedy uses the nettle plant. Like sulphur, this remedy helps with erupted blisters that cause itching, burning and pain.

Antimonium Crudum (Ant-c.)

This remedy makes use of the element antimony. It is used for children who have sore eruptions that are painful to touch. They also have white-coated tongues, itchy pimples or pustules when exposed to water or heat, and similar symptoms.

Apis Mellifica (Apis.)

These are remedies made with the help of the Western honey bee or the European honey bee. This remedy helps treat symptoms that imitate a bee sting. This includes pink, puffy, itchy and stinging painful skin, swollen eyelids, and lack of thirst.

Children who are prone to get itchy when exposed to heat, but get better when exposed to a cold environment are suggested this form of remedy.

Belladonna (Bell.)

Belladonna or deadly nightshade is used to treat symptoms such as headache, flushed face, increase in temperature, drowsiness paired with an inability to sleep. The child also feels feverish, has red rashes all over, and a pounding headache that brings a sense of restlessness.

The plant is highly toxic and can only be used after it has been diluted in potency by a homoeopath.

Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus-t.)

Rhus Toxicodendron is another name for poison ivy or poison oak. It helps heal the type of itches that worsen from scratching but make you feel better once you take a hot bath or receive a kind of heat treatment.

Besides that, it helps patients dealing with restlessness as well as painful and stiff muscles that are relieved when subjected to heat and gentle motion. This remedy is also said to prevent the person from contracting the illness.

Aconitum Napellus (Acon.)

This is also called monk’s hood or wolfsbane, a remedy that should be introduced at the early stages of the infection that is characterized by symptoms such as fever, restlessness, and increased thirst.

Other remedies includes-

  • Kali muriaticum

  • Arsenicum Album (Ars.) more commonly known as arsenic

  • Bryonia Alba (Bry.), also known as white bryony, wild hop, or false mandrake.

  • Mercurius Solubilis (Merc.), Mercury or quicksilver

  • Solanum dulcamara, also known as bittersweet or bittersweet nightshade,

  • Variolinum 

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