Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

The incubation time is 14 to 21 days. Chicken pox is contagious from a few days before the onset of symptoms up until all the water-filled (vesicular) eruptions have crusted over. It may start with a mild fever, headaches, malaise and sore throat.

The rash starts as spots, which turn to vesicles that come out in crops and can linger for a few days to two weeks. These water-filled blisters then become crusty and dry up. Eruptions are rarely on the face and extremities, and usually predominate on the upper trunk

Aconite, Belladonna or Ferrum phosphoricum

may be indicated for the fever stage at the beginning even before the spots have erupted. Please see the Measles section (page 123) for the symptomsthat would indicate these three remedies

Antimonium crudum

child is irritable, impossible to satisfy

wants to be left completely alone

thickly coated white tongue

accompanying cough or bronchitis

Antimonium tartaricym

drowsy, sluggish, miserable

accompanying cough or bronchitis

rash is slow to show itself

pus-filled eruptions

accompanying nausea

Pulsatilla

weepy, needs affection and company

dislikes the warmth, likes fresh air

possible lack of thirst and fever

Rhus toxicodendron

intense itching and restlessness

tosses and turns because of the itching

a good remedy to consider first if itching is the only symptom

It is important to remember that, if a cough is present, you should take this into account when selecting the right remedy. Always check the tongue to tell whether your child needs Antimonium crudum or Antimonium tartar icum.

Potency and Repetition

For all these remedies, one dose of 12C every three to four hours, for a coupleof days.

Sulphur

often indicated near the end if the chicken pox drags on

itching worse when the child is warm in bed or in a warm bath

irresistible need to scratch

Potency and Repetition

One dose of Sulphur 30C every three hours, for three doses.

COMPLICATIONS

Complications of chicken pox are rare, though should they occur homoeo pathic treatment is usually quite effective. The most common are a mild bronchitis, eye inflammation, or arthritis. If none of the above remedies helps and you are worried, seek professional advice

EXTERNAL AND COMMON-SENSE MEASURES

1 A bland diet that is easy to digest

2 Use no ointments to suppress the eruptions, as it is important to allow the eruptions to come out

3 Lukewarm wet compresses may help reduce the itching

4 Olive oil applied externally may also help the itching