Being a highly contagious disease, Chicken Pox mostly occurs among children between three to four years of age. In most cases, the older the child, the more severe is the attack.
It is suggested that any Chicken Pox infected new born, adult, pregnant woman or child with symptoms such as blisters on eyes; fever higher than 102F for two days or more, severe headache; non-stop itching or persistent vomiting should consult a doctor immediately.
Most symptoms of Chicken Pox may disappear over a one to two week period. The general procedure that adults adopt is to relieve the itching, reduce fever, and keep the patient rested and hydrated. A simple aid that is usually done to relieve itching is to dab on a paste of baking-soda and water onto the blisters. However, trying out the following herbal remedies on consultation with a practitioner may help in more effective relief from the symptoms.
Yellow dock : The root of Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is rich in tannin and relieves itching, while also helping in healing sores. Boil about 4 ounces of minced fresh root in two cups of water. Apply this decoction to the affected part of the skin or drink at least quarter cup several times a day.
Yarrow: This has been used since age-old times in reducing inflammation, and to kill bacteria and help speed-up healing. Add a cup of hot water to one to two teaspoons of dried flower heads. Allow to steep for ten minutes. Drink the infusion or apply externally over the affected areas of skin.
Herbal tea: A mild sedative herbal tea may also prove beneficial. The tea is prepared with herbs such as basil (tulsi), chamomile (babunah), marigold (zergul), and lemon balm. A pinch of honey, lemon and cinnamon may also be added to the tea. This can be sipped several times a day.
Oatmeal: An oatmeal bath is a natural remedy for relieving the Chicken Pox itch. The bath can be prepared by cooking two cups of oatmeal in two liters of water for 15 minutes. This mixture is then put onto a cloth bag made of cotton, with a string tied on to its top. This is allowed to float in a tub of warm water and swished around until water becomes turbid. Care should be taken to ensure that the bag is not torn. Ensure that the water is splashed over all the scalds, but the oatmeal pouch remains in the tub.