Chickenpox is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is a highly contagious disease presented with mild fever and skin rash with blister formation followed by scabbing. It spreads easily through droplets of a sneeze or cough of an infected person. A person may also contract the infection by touching the fluid of the blisters of chicken pox. Although chickenpox most commonly appears in children, it may also arise in adults. Homeopathic medicines for chicken pox help boost the immune system to fight the viral infection and treat the condition in a natural manner. Aconite, Belladonna, and Rhus Tox are the top grade homeopathic remedies for chicken pox.
Homeopathic Treatment of Chicken Pox
Homeopathy carries a scope to treat viral infections and their associated symptoms like chicken pox. The suitable homeopathic medicines for chicken pox are selected individually for each case. Consultation from a homeopathic physician should be taken prior taking homeopathic medicines for chickenpox and self-medication should be avoided.
Homeopathic Medicines for Chicken Pox
Aconite – For Initial Inflammation of Chicken Pox
Aconite is a natural medicine for the first inflammatory period of chicken pox. Aconite is prepared from a plant named Aconitum Napellus or Monkshood. The natural order of this plant is Ranunculaceae. The key features to use it are red skin rash with hot skin. High fever is present with the rash. The person is highly anxious and restless along with the above features. An increased thirst for water is usually present.
Belladonna – For Inflammatory Stage of Chicken Pox
Belladonna is a natural remedy for chicken pox prepared from a plant named Deadly Nightshade. The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. Belladonna also works well in first inflammatory stage of chicken pox. The key indications for using Belladonna include a skin rash with a bright red, dry, hot, burning, smooth and sensitive skin. High fever, rapid pulse, and a severe headache are present in most of the cases.
Rhus Tox – For Chicken Pox with Itchy Eruptions
Rhus Tox offers a natural cure for chicken pox with itchy eruptions. The eruptions may be vesicular or pustular and are attended with intense itching. Sweating worsens the itching. A burning sensation along with itching is present. The burning mostly arises after scratching the eruptions. The person may be highly restless and experience prominent body aches.
Antimonium Tart – For Chicken Pox with Rash and Vesicles/Pustules
Antimonium Tart is a natural remedy for chickenpox where there is rash accompanied by pustules and vesicles. The eruptions are painful, dry up, and get crusted afterward. They also tend to leave marks on the skin. The pustules tend to leave bluish-red marks. This medicine is also indicated for the slow development of eruption in chicken pox.
Thuja and Merc Sol – For Chicken Pox with Large Pustules
Thuja and Merc sol are useful homeopathic medicines for chickenpox with large pustules. There is profuse suppuration (pus discharge.) These medicines are used during the stage of maturation in cases of chickenpox. Among them, use of Thuja is known to prevent scar formation in chicken pox.
Antimonium Crudum – For Chicken Pox with Pustules with Yellow-brown Scurfs
Antimonium Crudum is indicated for chickenpox with pustules with yellowish or brown scurfs. These eruptions are itchy and get sore upon scratching. These eruptions are painful to pressure. The character of pain may be shooting in nature. Diarrhea may be present along with the above symptoms.
Bryonia – For Slow Development of Eruptions in Chicken Pox
Homeopathic medicine Bryonia is prepared from the root of plant Bryonia Alba. It is commonly known by the name of White Bryony or Wild Hops. This plant belongs to the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Bryonia is useful in cases of chicken pox where there is a slow development of eruptions. It is also indicated for a suddenly receding rash in chicken pox. Dryness on the skin may be marked, and there may be prominent body aches. A Suddenly receding rash may be attended with difficult respiration in cases where Bryonia is required.
Symptoms of Chicken Pox
The symptoms of a chickenpox infection appear around 7 to 21 days after exposure to the varicella-zoster virus. The early symptoms of chickenpox are vague and include a headache, tiredness, fever, appetite loss, nausea and body aches. Following these symptoms, rash and eruptions appear on the skin. The eruptions are fluid-filled vesicles/blisters or pustules (pus-filled eruptions). The eruptions break open and ooze the liquid. Afterward, crusts form over the eruptions. At a given time the blistered eruptions, as well as crusted eruptions both, may be present simultaneously. The eruptions firstly develop on the face, torso followed by their spread to other body parts. The eruptions can be severely itchy. But scratching the eruptions should be avoided as it increases the chances of severe skin infection. In severe cases, the eruptions can spread to the eyes, throat and the mucous membranes of anal area and urethra. It usually takes around 7 to 10 days for all the eruptions to heal and get covered with scabs. A person with chickenpox is contagious from one to two days before the eruptions appear and continue being so until all the eruptions get scabbed over.
Complications of Chicken Pox
Chickenpox can lead to complications including pneumonia, dehydration, toxic shock syndrome, encephalitis, bacterial skin infection. If a pregnant woman gets chickenpox, then certain complications may arise in the baby including low birth weight, brain damage, shortened limbs, vision problems like cataract or a life-threatening chickenpox infection.
Chicken Pox and Herpes Zoster
Following a chicken pox infection, varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in the nerve cells. This virus can reactivate any time during lifetime and cause herpes zoster/shingles. A lowered immune system usually reactivates the virus. Another complication known as post-herpetic neuralgia may follow herpes zoster infection.