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Suggest treatment for chicken pox

My son has chicken pox really severely, but remains in good spirit. My concern is that he has 4 small ones on his eyelid and one on the inside of his eye, where a woman would use eyeliner. This morning it was quite red, we have been treating his with antihistanmines (dexclorfeniramina) as this was given to his sister last week. It seems to have improved, however, I was just wondering if the pox on the eye could cause any damage and should I consider going to Emergency? Or have I done everything that can be done, ie administering antihistamines. He has around 400 and is only 2 years old. Thank you. Amanda
Tue, 12 Jan 2016
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Hi Amanda,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
I understand your concern.
Chickenpox used to be a common childhood illness, especially in kids under age 12. It is a highly contagious disorder caused by the varicella-zoster virus. An infected child should preferably be isolated and stay home until the rash is gone.
It is a self limiting viral disease and offers immunity once it is contacted with. However, supportive care is necessary for the lesions it causes.
The following measures needs to be taken:
1. Administration of Paracetamol for fever.
2. Application of calamine lotion on the lesions.
3. Cutting the nails short or wearing gloves may prevent scratching and minimize the risk of secondary infections.
Maintenance of good personal hygiene is very important. Gradually, the lesions would reduce in severity and dries up and subsides completely.
For lesions around the eyes, it would be better to get examined by an Opthalmologist for opinion and management.
Hope the information provided would be helpful.
All the best.
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Suggest treatment for chicken pox

Hi Amanda, Thanks for posting in HCM. I understand your concern. Chickenpox used to be a common childhood illness, especially in kids under age 12. It is a highly contagious disorder caused by the varicella-zoster virus. An infected child should preferably be isolated and stay home until the rash is gone. It is a self limiting viral disease and offers immunity once it is contacted with. However, supportive care is necessary for the lesions it causes. The following measures needs to be taken: 1. Administration of Paracetamol for fever. 2. Application of calamine lotion on the lesions. 3. Cutting the nails short or wearing gloves may prevent scratching and minimize the risk of secondary infections. Maintenance of good personal hygiene is very important. Gradually, the lesions would reduce in severity and dries up and subsides completely. For lesions around the eyes, it would be better to get examined by an Opthalmologist for opinion and management. Hope the information provided would be helpful. All the best.