2009-12-17

Chicken Pox

Yesterday evening, I fetched April to her Xin Xuan lesson. She was just normal and fine as usual. In the car, she compliant that she had a blister at her finger. I just told her that I would help to remove the blister with a needle tonight.

When I went to pick her up after her lesson, I saw rashes and red spots at her neck. When we got into the car, I checked her back and chest. There were even more rashes and blisters. I suspected that she had got chicken pox.

I brought her to see doctor immediately. Doctor prescribed her Zyrtec and paracetamol only. Zyrtec is an antihistamines to control severe itching, and paracetamol is to control the low grade fever.
Doctor said that chicken pox is contagious, and soon little May may also be bitten by the virus too.
Oh my! I really don't wish to spend my Christmas holidays only curing the the rashes and treating the blisters. We want to go to party, dine and wine. I hope they can get well by then.

Chicken Pox Symptoms
Chicken pox usually begins with a low grade fever, a mild headache and a feeling of weakness.
Rash appears on the upper chest or back.A rash appears on the skin on the first day of the disease. This is in the form of tiny red spots on the skin, mostly on the upper back or chest. In more severe cases, a rash may appear on the face and lower extremities. The papules turn into blisters and finally become pustules and form scabs, which fall off. They come in successive crops, so that while some are drying, others are beginning to form. The skin clears after a few days and the child feels well again. The duration of this disease ranges from ten to twenty-one days but is usually between fourteen and seventeen days.

Causes of Chicken Pox
Chicken pox is caused by a virus.

Chicken Pox Treatment - Lotions
The most common lotion used for chicken pox is Calamine lotion. This or any similar over-the-counter preparation can be applied to the blisters to help dry them out and soothe the skin.

Chicken Pox Treatment - Antihistamines
Over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines may be used to control severe itching. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is available over-the-counter and hydroxyzine (Atarax) is available by prescription. Both of these antihistamines cause drowsiness and may be helpful at night to help the patient sleep. The newer antihistamines such as loratadine (Claritin), certrizine (Zyrtec), and fexofenadine (Allegra) can be used to control itching but do not cause drowsiness.

Chicken Pox Treatment - Soothing Baths
Frequent baths are sometimes helpful to relieve itching. Adding finely-ground (colloidal) oatmeal such as Aveeno can help improve itching. Oatmeal baths can be prepared at home also by grinding or blending dry oatmeal into a fine powder and adding about 2 cups to the bath water. One-half to one cup of baking soda may also be added to bath water to reduce itching.

Chicken Pox Treatment - Preventing Scratching
Scratching increases the risk of secondary bacterial infections. All patients with chicken pox should have their nails trimmed short. In addition, small children may have to wear mittens to reduce scratching.

Chicken Pox Treatment - Acyclovir
Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an anti-viral drug that may be used to treat chicken pox. In uncomplicated cases acyclovir taken 5 times a day has been shown to cause shorter periods of new lesion formation, fewer lesions, and more rapid healing but only if started within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of the rash. Acyclovir has not been shown to decrease the rate of complications in otherwise healthy children who get chicken pox. Oral acyclovir is more strongly recommended for children with underlying skin disease such as eczema, newborns, adults, and smokers since this group is at greater risk for complications. IV acyclovir is used for people with compromised immune systems.

Source from here.

7 comments:

  1. poor thing. hopefully she'll be up and about by christmas :) i heard that kids who have taken the jab would get mild chicken pox only.

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  2. wish april a speed recovery. increase fluid intake, ya :)

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  3. Yvonne and Barb, thanks. I hope April's chicken pox is mild one.
    And, I have yet to spot any rash on May's skin.

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  4. Dear Sheoh Yan Jie..Hope April is getting better now... I'm coming back to tpg perhaps end of Dec and if there is a lil space of time, we can meet ya!!

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  5. Hi Yan, hope ur kid caught only mild one!

    Merry Xmas to u n family!

    Cheers!

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  6. Cassie,

    If you are coming back, do let me know, we can go Karaoke together at Jin Yu Man Tang (at the old Lido cinema building ). Hope you don't mind April still carrying the virus with her along. :)

    Alohamolly,

    She doesn't develop any fever. I think she will be fine soon. Thanks.

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  7. Dear Sheoh Yan Jie, DOn't worry...Im very healthy and according to mum, once we ald had the chicken pox, we wont easily get infected for second time. Besides, it's great too so can get extra mcs?? Hahahha...Lazy me..Yea it looks so great and you have ordered my fav food...The YAM CAKE!!!! OH My God.....Hahaha

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