Some of the common complications of chickenpox happen when it affects other organs in the body. In rare cases, it can even cause death.
- Scarring when scabs heal
- Pneumonia or lung infection
- Cellulitis or bacterial infection in the skin
- Encephalitis or inflammation of the brain
- Cerebellar ataxia or problems with muscular coordination
- Transverse myelitis or inflammation of the spinal cord
It is always best to consult a doctor to ensure proper treatment. Seek a doctor’s advice when taking care of children with chickenpox, as there are specific medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen which should not be given to children.
Most of the treatments suggested for chickenpox are to lessen discomfort. In normal cases, the following are advised:
- Bed rest
- Applying medicated lotion for itch relief
- Drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Avoid scratching the blisters to prevent transmission of the virus and scarring
However, there is no need to wait to get a chickenpox rash. The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. These are available for children and even for adults who have not encountered the infection yet.
Bulutong or chickenpox can be a bummer. It is highly contagious so it is best to avoid interaction with people if you have it. Avoid scratching the chickenpox rash as this can be transmitted to another person through contact with the fluid inside the blisters. Always consult with a doctor, whether it is for vaccination or for medication.
Learn more about Other Viral Infections here.