If you are looking for natural chickenpox treatment alternatives that work, then you are in the right place.

What is chickenpox?

Chickenpox is an acute, highly contagious virus that infects up to 90% of people who come into contact with the virus and most commonly affects children. Most people will experience it once during their lifetime, usually as a child.  Scars from Chickenpox  are more likely to develop if a person picks or scratches at the rash. The scars may be bothersome for some people, especially if they are on visible parts of the body, such as the face.

Useful Facts

  • Research shows nine out of 10 children in New Zealand and Australia will catch chickenpox, most of them before the age of four.
  • Caused by the highly contagious virus, varicella-zoster, chickenpox results in a number of very unpleasant symptoms including an itchy rash, spots and blisters. As a result, scratching can lead to further infections, sleepless nights and permanent scarring.
  • Two of the top concerns for parents when it comes to chickenpox, are scratching and scarring.

What causes chickenpox?

The viral infection name for Chicken pox is called  Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) – the same virus that causes shingles. It causes an itchy, red, lumpy rash and pain along the area of skin supplied by the affected nerve.

Transmitted through direct person-to-person contact and airborne droplet infection (e.g. coughing and sneezing). Incubation periods for the chickenpox virus is roughly 10 to 21 days.  A person will continue to be infectious until all the lesions have crusted over.  Taking about five to six days after the onset of the illness. Outbreaks of the virus tend to occur in winter and spring.

Signs and symptoms?

Many people will experience fever and a feeling of malaise before the visible onset of chickenpox lesions. Whilst the rash is very itchy , the spots are  easily identifiable to a trained eye.

Symptoms of chickenpox include:

  • Low-grade fever (37-38 degrees Celcius)
  • Feeling low and lethargic
  • Small blisters surrounded by irregularly-shaped patches of inflamed skin. These first appear on the torso, and then spread to head and limbs. Rashes can be mild to very profuse.

Lesions develop at different stages. For instance, the chickenpox rash will appear in the first 48 hours.  Developing into a itchy, red and lumpy rash on the face, torso and limbs. As many as 250 – 500 chickenpox blisters can develop. New clear vesicles (fluid-filled blisters) develop for the first seven days of rash progression. Vesicles then progress to pustules (pus-filled blisters) and then after a week the blisters crust over and begin to dry up. Above all, the whole process can last up to 20 days.

Spots can appear everywhere, including the face, scalp, ears, back, chest, legs, arms, hands, feet, bottom and private parts. It’s important, to note that people who have been vaccinated against chickenpox often have atypical symptoms of chicken pox. Spots might not appear on the torso first and can be very mild in appearance.

In healthy children, chickpox is usually a mild illness with no complications.  Pregnant women and those whose immune systems are compromised due to illness or treatments may experience more serious complications, for instance.

What causes chickenpox to spread?

Once you have been exposed to chickenpox and infected, it takes around 14 days for the rash to appear. This is called the incubation period, and the virus is highly contagious.   Passed on by airborne droplets from the mouth or nose (via sneezing or coughing), hygiene is very important.  The fluid in the blisters also contains the virus, and touching them can be a means of passing on the infection. The contagion period usually starts 1-3 days before the rash appears and continues until the blisters form scabs.   Normally, this will happen about 5-7 days after the rash first appears.

What natural treatment alternatives are there for chickenpox?

You can expect your child to feel pretty miserable and irritable while they have chickenpox. Your child is likely to have a fever at least for the first few days of the illness and the spots are incredibly itchy.

There is no specific treatment for chickenpox. Once the virus has been confirmed there are a number of natural alternatives to help soothe the itchy skin. Expect the blisters crust up and fall off naturally within one to two weeks. Most importantly, cut their kids nails short to prevent them from scratching, as this can cause scarring.

1. Manuka Biotic Body lotion & Body wash

Our  Body Lotion and Body Wash are infused with the world’s only certified organic Manuka oil.    With powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that work together to reduce the bacteria on the skin. As a result, it helps to reduce the risk of the chickenpox spots becoming infected.  The rich body lotion filled with rich natural oils like rosehip oil, jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E assist the healing of chickenpox spots and reduces scarring.

2. Collidial oats

Help to calm the skin and can be used in the bath. A tepid bath running the water, get some simple porridge oats, pop two handfuls of them into the foot of an old pair of tights or a clean soak, tie a knot close to where the oats are in the foot and then chuck this into a bath of running water. Squeeze and watch the water turn a lovely creamy colour. It’s so soothing for the skin and good itch relief.

3. Calamine lotion

Calamine lotion offers a momentary cooling effect as the liquid evaporates from the skin. However, this drying effect may exacerbate the condition and actually cause further itching.

Recommendations for chickenpox

Our Body Lotion is a soft and creamy balm, that has been specifically formulated with organic Manuka oil, known for is amazing healing powers, and other natural ingredients including jojoba oil, rosehip oil, shea butter and olive oil that help hydrate even the itchiest of skin, by creating an effective barrier, reducing redness, calming irritated skin and improve the appearance of scarring on the skin.

Infused with certified organic Manuka oil, our  Body Wash is the perfect antibacterial and anti-inflammatory body wash.  Formulated to help reduce the bacteria on the skin it reduces the risk of the chickenpox spots becoming infected. Plus it’s all natural, making bath times free from all the nasty toxins and chemicals.

When choosing a new moisturiser for your families skin it’s vital to test a small area of skin first.

Things to consider

Remember to monitor children to make sure they avoid scratching the chickenpox rash as much as possible. Pre-existing skin conditions like eczema can be further aggravated.   However, you might find your usual topical treatment could help reduce the itching and inflammation.

Most importantly, check your little one’s temperature, making sure to give plenty of fluids and allow your child to rest. Remember to let school or nursery know, and warn people that have been in contact with your little one.  It’s nice to warn other parents as their  little ones will be susceptible too.

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Read our Manuka Mum’s experiences

Hear directly from a few of our lovely Manuka Mum’s sharing their experiences of using our natural products on their little one’s chickenpox. Click on the names below to see their story.

  1. Kirsty
  2. Mandy
  3. Emma

Why Manuka Biotic?

  1. We use the worlds only certified organic Manuka oil.
  2. All our products contain potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and repair the skin.
  3. Our products are 100% New Zealand made.
  4. Our products are made using natural ingredients and are FREE from:
    • Parabens
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & SLES
    • PEGs, PABA, EDTA
    • Added fragrances & colouring
    • Petrochemicals
    • Mineral Oils
    • Phenoxyethanol
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Phthalates
    • Animal testing or animal derivatives

Manuka Biotic is natural skincare for the whole family, giving you access to the healing power of Manuka Oil.

Please read the full ingredient list for any known irritants or allergies. We advise trying new products on a small patch of skin and waiting 24 hours to make sure there is no reaction. Any natural product on the market could contain an ingredient that won’t agree with your skin.

Want to know more?

There’s plenty you can do to relieve symptoms if your little one chickenpox gets worse. Anyone who has chickenpox should ask a doctor or dermatologist what their best option is for dealing with the open sores to ensure they don’t get infected.

Remember, your health provider will also be able to offer assistance with assessing and treating your symptoms.

For further information talk to your doctor.

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