Chickenpox in Nigeria: Prevention and Treatments

Chickenpox Treatment and Prevention are discussed herein. It is said that everyone may have chickenpox at least once in a lifetime.

Chickenpox: Prevention and Treatments

Chickenpox: Prevention and Treatments
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This is true but some people also do not experience the ailment because they have been treated earlier against it. Chickenpox is a small rash that grows on the skin.

It often affects all the parts of the body. It is common among children. Chickenpox rarely happens to a person twice during his lifetime, unlike every other illness.

This mild virus infection, however, begins 2 to 3 weeks after a child is exposed to another child who has the disease.

First, many small red itchy sores appear on the skin, these then turn into little pimples and then become blisters, each one like a drop of water on the surface of the skin.

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They develop and finally form scabs. They begin on the back, or front of the body and later occur on the face, legs, and arms.

Sometimes, there may be spots, blisters, and scabs at the same time.  While on the skin, it spreads very fast when the fluid from one pimple touches an unaffected part or person.

Treatment for Chickenpox in Nigeria

Naturally, the infection goes away within a week, but during that week. Bathe the infected person with soap and warm water. Trim fingernails in order to reduce wounds that may result from excessive scratches of the boils.

Scratching should be minimized to thwart the spread of the virus and potential bacterial infection from and to others.

Be sure to get adequate treatment; every person alive should endeavor to get two doses of the vaccine against chickenpox very early and not wait till it manifests itself.

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Should a person who has been vaccinated gets chickenpox, the fever will be very mild because the vaccine has suppressed the effect of the pox and in some cases, the person may have only red spots and not the regular signs associated with chickenpox.

Bathe the child with Calamine lotion and a cool bath with added baking soda or uncooked oatmeal, to aid in the relief of some of the itching.

Where there is no doctor or a medical facility close to you, try as much as possible to avoid the use of drugs such as aspirin or any drugs that contain aspirin as it may cause a more traumatic disease that may affect the liver.

Instead of aspirin, use ibuprofen. Despite the fact that chickenpox often does not lead to more serious complications.

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There are exceptions however, you should seek urgent medical attention if:

  • The victim is pregnant
  • A person has just recently had a transplant
  • The victim is below 1year old.
  • The victim has never had chickenpox and has not been vaccinated
  • The victim is older than 12 years old
  • The victim’s immune system is very weak
  • The victim is on long term use of steroids

When a victim who has chickenpox develops other illnesses during the period of the chickenpox, a health worker should be consulted immediately.

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