Medical advice for parents with chickenpox as cases increase – from symptoms to isolation

Children with chickenpox can be safely treated at home with calamine lotion and Calpol, a doctor said, as parents worry about a rise in cases and mistakenly linking the disease to monkeypox

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Children with chickenpox can usually be treated safely at home

As parents worry about an increase in chickenpox, a doctor has offered some simple advice on how to manage the common disease.

Chickenpox affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. Although widely regarded as a relatively minor disease, live in yorkshire has reported some parents in Yorkshire are concerned after hearing of an outbreak in the county.

The fear of chickenpox is believed to have grown following a rise in the number of monkeypox infections, with some mistakenly believing the two are linked.

Data from Well Pharmacy last month showed that the number of people vaccinated against chickenpox had increased by 146 percent six weeks earlier.

However, doctors have reassured parents that this chickenpox is nothing to worry about and can be safely managed at home. Now it’s time to turn to your parent’s or grandparent’s tried-and-true pick-me-up: calamine lotion.

The retired family doctor Dr. Stuart Oliver has offered some simple advice to help parents – and their ailing children – through this uncomfortable time.

Lotion can help relieve itching


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He said: “If they have a fever, then it’s Calpol or just something to bring the temperature down. If it’s particularly itchy then you tend to put calamine lotion on it, that’s about it.

“Traditionally it’s just a matter of bringing down the high temperature with liquid paracetamol, Calpol is best for children and if it’s particularly itchy then calamine lotion, otherwise just leave it.”

That’s advice passed down through the generations, but it still applies today: don’t let them scratch!

It can be so hard to stop your little one from scratching, especially when it seems like the only way to relieve the nagging itch. But try to use the “cruel, be kind” approach and stop them.

Many adults still have a scar or two to point to as a result of their childhood chickenpox, and the chances of the small patches scarring are greatly increased if a sufferer is allowed to scratch.

So make sure you have the calamine lotion on hand to make your kids feel more comfortable.

Your child might end up with the weird little scar from the spots, which is pretty common


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However, chickenpox can be more harmful to adults or people at risk. People at risk include people with autoimmune diseases, pregnant women and newborns. Anyone in these groups should see a doctor if they suspect they have chickenpox.

However, NHS information said: “Chickenpox is most common in children under the age of 10. In fact, chickenpox is so common in childhood that over 90% of adults are immune to the disease because they’ve had it before.”

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