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Home Remedies for Chickenpox

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Chickenpox is caused by the virus known as varicella-zoster and spreads easily from one person to another.

This disease can spread through air or contact with saliva, mucus, or fluid from blisters of an infected individual. The infected person is contagious from a day or two before the rashes appear, until the time when all the blisters have dried.

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It usually takes 10-21 days for the symptoms to develop the symptoms after being exposed to the virus. The most common symptoms are an itchy rash and red spots or blisters all over the body.

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Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and aching muscles. Because most people get vaccinated against chickenpox, it is most common among newborn babies, followed by pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.

Usually, the worst symptoms of chickenpox subside in about two weeks. However, you can try some natural remedies to alleviate some of the symptoms and get relief from itching as the virus takes its course.

home remedies for chickenpox

Here are the top 10 home remedies for chickenpox.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda can help control the itchiness and irritation from chickenpox.

  1. Stir one-half tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Use a soft washcloth to put the solution on the affected parts of the body and allow it to dry.
  2. Another option is to mix one-half or one cup of baking soda in your bath water and soak in it.

2. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac, also known as margosa or neem is useful in the treatment of chicken pox as it has antiviral properties. Furthermore, it helps dry out the blisters and relieves itching to a great extent.

Take a handful of neem leaves, crush them and apply the paste on the affected areas. Adding neem leaves in bath water is also beneficial.

3. Carrots and Coriander

A soup made of carrots and coriander is highly beneficial in the treatment of chickenpox. It is rich in antioxidants that help in the healing process.

Soup home remedy for chickenpox

  1. Cut up 100 grams of carrots to get about a cup of chopped carrots and chop 60 grams or one and one- half cup of fresh coriander leaves and boil them in about two and one-quarter cup of water until half the amount of water evaporates.
  2. Drink the soup once a day for about a month. You can also eat the boiled carrots and coriander leaves for added strength.

4. Oatmeal

An oatmeal bath is a popular home remedy for itchiness caused by chickenpox.

  1. Grind two cups of oatmeal into a fine powder.
  2. Put the powdered oatmeal in two liters (one-half gallon) of lukewarm water.
  3. Soak in the bathwater for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Brown Vinegar

One of the most effective remedies for treating chicken pox is brown vinegar. It will relieve skin irritation and help heal the lesions and prevent scarring.

Simply add one-half cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater, and soak in the bath for about 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Honey

Honey will provide relief from itchiness and help heal the blisters caused by chickenpox.

  1. Get a good quality, pure honey and coat the affected area with it.
  2. Repeat the process two to three times a day until the scars are gone.

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52 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Chickenpox”

  1. A friend recommended this page to me on monday morning, I must say the result is amazing. I stopped itching and the spots are healing so fast, thank you.

  2. I m 19 yrs and i am having chicken pox since 15 days+.i am getting scared because the wounds are not healing.what should i do?

    1. The problem Nany has is one of the pituitary gland. He should have this checked out and have access to the (simple) treatment to cure it.

      1. Chicken pox is not a localized health problem, but rather, when left untreated, becomes systemic cancer. The most crucial symptoms which start in childhood are ; coughs, colds, cold sores, mucous, problems in digesting foods, warts; headaches ……………….CHRONIC FATIGUE.

        Doctors who fail to detect such a serious condition should immediately be seen as a danger to children’s health / life. A list of such people should be posted in such a way, that they are seen for what they are……………GREEDY, SELF-SERVING CON-MEN.

        1. This comment is rubbish. It’s scare mongering. And if true, most of the population would have cancer by now – and I’m talking about generations here. This is not the case. Chicken pox is normal and nothing to be alarmed about. Having chicken pox also prevents the adult from being susceptible to shingles in later life. The symptoms should be treated with natural, relieving methods for the itching and the healing of the vesicles.

  3. Tamarind leaves boiled in water & used as a bath and also drinking the boiled mixture really assist in chicken pox and measles. Used in our country for decades and it works!

  4. I tried the oats & then the baking soda stopped the itchiness. I also used Badabas a branded bubble bath which helped stung at first but soothed the spots!

  5. I am 18 years old…I caught the chicken pox a month now. The bumps are healed and turned into cuts but sheds.. I am of a really light-fairskinned complexion so i have black spots all over…I am glad I found this page because now I can try these remedies and if it works for me I will come back on this site with the results!!…

  6. my 1 year and 6mons old niece having chickenpox for the second time.. lastime we used med prescribe by her pedia, and it works so slow..i will try this remedies and hope it will works..

  7. I will try this kind of remedy to my boyfriend who is suffering now from chickenpox. Hope it will get him better soon.

  8. Dear
    thx for such useful remedied.
    further ihad tried baking soda and then ginger i got relief but on two spots on my forehead i got dimles can you suggust me somthing about that
    refards
    abid

  9. please don’t use ginger for affected chickenpox in baby skin.Because i was tried in my baby skin,became very complicate problem now.

  10. Very useful tips indeed,my poor boyfriend is down with having chickenpox currently,a number of the blisters have appeared on his face + neck back & tummy areas,I would like to know which of the remedies suggested works fast enough to heal and how to reduce scaring other than with the use of vitamin e oil as that works over a long period of time & want a faster solution to da scaring end please

  11. hi…..i am shubhm. n last night i suffring chikan pox…..i today i use all sujesan …..from dis web sit…….i hope i well again..

  12. I had been suffering from chicken pox since from 12 days. I used calamine lotion from day one, when the spots start dry up, I used silverex ionic ointment externally. Daily I used to take valcivir 500mg for the first 5 days & then I am using cefixime tablets for 7 days. Daily before bath I applied tender neem leaves paste(leaves,turmeric powder & salt) for face & body. For head the same paste with out salt. We should scratch the lesions, so that we can skip the scars. For itching, I had atarax 25 mg.

  13. hi i’m suffering chicken pox this time and it’s very uncomfortable for me especially during time of my sleep. i didn’t yet tried this home remedies because i’m still on my school, and its very embarrassing for me because of big spots with water inside. hope i will be cured when i try it thank you

  14. Thanx so much for the information it really helped me with my 15 mth old son .I took my son to patient first and the docter told me he had viral exanthem but didn’t explain to me in detail what it really was he just told me to google it smh and to just give him tylolnol and it would go away by its self .Long story short all he did was sceam constantly & wouldn’t go to sleep I looked on youtube couldn’t really find any info that was useful that I didn’t have to pay for so I googled n this site came up I soaked him in the tub with brown vinegar and water n then mixed baking soda and water and just put it on the bumps nows hes sleeping like a baby .Thank you so much its really frustrating when there’s something wrong wit ur kids and you can’t do but so much to take the pain away im so thankful it worked for us

    1. Yes your right its really frustrating when theres something wrong with our kids . Thanks to share your experience , I will do this for my daughter Godbless

  15. Hi, my neboures daughter is having chickenpox and we are going to try this home home remedies. And I will defnetly come back here to share with u. God bless.

  16. This really works perfectly i used on my son and everything finished just in two days. I used vinger, baking powder, honey and oatmeal.

  17. Oh god…. I m 28.. N its d 1st tym i m suffrng. Realy didnt hv any idea on it. Thankx 4 d tips n remedies.. I hope it wil get a fast recovery

  18. From last 5 days my husband is suffering from chicken pox ..he got spots all over his body …I tried baking soda tips n it really work . …d most easiest is drink coconut water n take some coconut water n wid a cotton put in d spot ….guys it really works …der will b no spot n it is curable soon..

  19. I’ve been using baking soda and even though it stings like heck, I literally see it draw out the toxins from my bumps and their already scabbing after a few days. I feel less itchy and better. Hope this helps <3

  20. My 8 month old son has chicken pox. He’s covered head to toe but the ones round his face and ears are really bothering him a lot and trying to stop a baby from fiddling with it is a nightmare. He’s too young to take the antihistamines so all I have is calamine lotion and cold compresses that I can use which don’t work that well. He was so unsettled last night it was awful to see. I’m going to try the vinegar bath or the baking soda. Hopefully he’ll have a better nights sleep tonight

    1. My mother made an extract from ‘Indian Lilac’ leaves having about 20 leaves altogether. I did sponge myself and 10 mins my itchiness stopped like magic. BTW i am suffering from chicken pox RIGHT NOW and I can guarantee atleast the Indian Lilac leave technique worked for myself ( I am 21 yr old male ).

  21. i got chickenpox from my neighbour children but it has not yet circulating my body i want to cure it b4 it get worse
    what are some of d remedies i should use to prevent it

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