Chickenpox, otherwise known as varicella, is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a blister-like rash, usually isolated to one part of the body (such as the face or torso) initially, before it spreads to other areas of the body. The rash, which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is not life-threatening, but it may take up to two weeks before it completely resolves. Symptoms are similar to the common cold and may include a fever, chills, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. A rash usually occurs two days after symptoms arise. Here is how to treat chickenpox at home.
Applying a mixture of baking soda and water to the rash may help reduce the severity and duration. Baking soda is alkaline, which may help combat the acidic pH levels of the virus in the body. It may also help the rash dry up and healer quicker. To use, mix half a teaspoon into eight ounces of water. Using a clean sponge or washcloth, apply the water mixture all over the rash. Allow to dry and do not rinse off. Use several times a day as needed. Alternatively, individuals may take a lukewarm bath with roughly half a cup of baking soda dissolved in it once a day until symptoms subside.
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