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TYPES OF HERPES VIRUSES - QUICK OVERVIEW
There are more than 90 viruses that belong to a family of animal viruses called herpes virdae. Of this family of viruses, at least seven are known to be important to humans.
Herpes Varicella-Zoster causes chickenpox and shingles.
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) causes infectious mononucleosis.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV), another member of the herpes family, can cause some cardiovascular diseases and eye disorders. It is often is carried without producing any symptoms, but can have devastating consequences for developing fetuses, newborns and for people with compromised, depressed immune systems.
Human Herpes Virus Type 6 (HHV-6) and 7 (HHV-7) are suspected of being capable of triggering autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, and roseola, a common illness of early childhood.
Human Herpes Virus Type 8 (HHV-8) is very closely related to the Epstein-Barr virus, and may lead to cancer of the bone, chronic fatigue syndrome, Kaposi's sarcoma, and infection of the lymphatic system.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) causes cold sores (fever blisters).
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) causes genital herpes.
Once the herpes virus enters the body, they never leave. They live in nerve cells, where the immune system cannot find them, and they become active from time to time as the immune system is depressed. The virus may lie dormant for long periods of time, until illness, sun-exposure, fatigue, stress, or some other factor causes the virus to break out in open sores again. Fortunately, after a period of time, the virus seems to burn itself out. Outbreaks rarely appear after the age of fifty, with the exception of the herpes zoster virus, which tends to reappear as shingles in older adults.
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VARICELLA-ZOSTER VIRUS: Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) belong to the Herpes Virus Family. This virus causes two major diseases, chickenpox (Varicella), an infection that usually occurs in childhood, and shingles (Zoster), that usually occurs later in life. Shingles (Zoster) is a reactivation of an earlier varicella infection.
CHICKENPOX: Chickenpox is a very common and highly contagious disease. The symptoms are usually mild, with a low-grade fever, general fatigue, and a characteristic itchy rash.
The chickenpox virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also contract chickenpox (but not shingles) from direct contact with a person with the shingles rash. Outbreaks are common within families and in schools and day care facilities. Symptoms do not appear until after a person reaches the infectious stage, so it is difficult to isolate those who are contagious. Repeated exposures to the virus during the incubation period can result in worse symptoms. One bout with chickenpox generally affords a lifetime immunity against the illness. Second attacks are possible but rare.
SHINGLES: The VZV is spread by respiratory aerosols or direct contact with skin lesions. If you have already had chickenpox, You cannot get shingles from someone else with shingles. However, if you have not had chickenpox, you can get chickenpox from close contact with the open blisters of someone with shingles. Once the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread.
This is because the same virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles and is considered contagious only to those never having chickenpox. Shingles can only occur after a person has had chickenpox.
Most adults have already contracted chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood disease that causes a fever and a rash that itches maddeningly but rarely does any permanent damage. Once the varicella-zoster virus enters the body and has caused chickenpox, it does not ever go away. It may lie dormant in the spinal cord and nerve ganglia for years until activated, usually by a weakening (temporary or permanent) of the immune system. An estimated 90-percent of people who have had chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles. The trigger for shingles is unknown, but it is not caused by being around someone who also has shingles.
The virus affects the nerve endings in the skin. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body; however, it is most commonly found on the skin of the abdomen underneath the ribs, leading toward the navel. Other commonly affected areas are the vaginal tissues and the inside of the mouth.
When the varicella-zoster virus is activated, the infection spreads to the very ends of the nerves, causing them to send impulses to the brain that are interpreted as severe pain, itching, or burning, and rendering the overlying skin much more sensitive than usual.
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MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Childhood Infections - Chickenpox
CHICKENPOX FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
The rash is usually preceded by:
- Fever, usually low-grade between 100°F to 102°F, though in rare cases may be higher.
- Abdominal pain or loss of appetite.
- General feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability.
- Sore throat.
- Dry cough.
- Mild headache.
- Flu-like symptoms.
Chickenpox first manifests itself as a fever and a headache, usually between 7 and 21 days after exposure to the virus.
The typical rash of chickenpox is made up of groups of small, round, itchy pimple-like blisters surrounded by reddish, inflamed skin. The rash usually begins as one or two lesions most commonly appear on the face, abdomen, or back, quickly spreading throughout the body including the trunk, scalp, face, arms, genitals, and legs. They are filled with fluid and look like water blisters, usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. The fluid leaks from swollen areas of the skin, forming a crust. These eruptions continue in cycles, lasting from 3 days to 1 week. The blisters and crusts are infectious and itchy, and scratching them can lead to bacterial infection and scarring. Once the scabs are gone, the individual is no longer infectious. Adults and older children who contract the infection tend to have more severe cases than do younger children.
The total number of blisters varies greatly from person to person. The rash may be more extensive or severe in children who have skin disorders such as eczema. Over four days, each blister tends to dry out and form a scab, which then falls off between 9 to 13 days later. An infected child should stay home and rest until the symptoms are gone.
Most children contract chickenpox before the age of 10 to 12 years old.
Anyone who has not had chickenpox or the vaccine, is at risk for contracting the virus if exposed to someone with either chickenpox or shingles. The time between exposure to the virus and appearance of symptoms (called an incubation period) is between 10 and 20 days. The virus is spread through sneezing, coughing, and breathing - in other words, when someone with chickenpox sneezes or coughs, there are respiratory droplets with the VZV virus in the air. Then, you can breathe in those infected droplets and, if you have never had chickenpox or the vaccine, get chickenpox yourself.
Another possible way to get chickenpox, is to come into direct or indirect (like the clothes of someone with shingles) contact with discharge from VZV skin lesions.
The virus is contagious from two days before the rash appears until all of the lesions have crusted over.
Exposure to VZV if you have neither had chicken pox nor received the vaccine. Age under 10. Late winter and early spring is the most common time that the virus is spread.
Chickenpox, which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is highly contagious to people not immune to it. The disease spreads quickly, especially in locations where people are in close contact, such as child care facilities, schools and families. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the rash or by droplets dispersed into the air by coughing or sneezing.
A person who has chickenpox can transmit the virus for up to 48 hours before the telltale rash appears and remains contagious until all spots crust over. People who have been vaccinated against chickenpox are usually immune to the virus. The same is true of anyone who has had chickenpox in the past. People at risk of contracting chickenpox include anyone who has not been vaccinated or who has never had the disease.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES- CHICKENPOX VACCINE
The best prevention is to avoid sick people who are contagious. However, this is not always possible. Conventional medicine recommends a chickenpox vaccine. Vaccines are not always ideal or recommended and may have some risks and side effects. Do your research prior to vaccination.
The varicella virus vaccine (Varivax) has become a routine childhood immunization to prevent chickenpox. It is recommended for children between ages 12 months and 18 months. The vaccine is also recommended for older kids and adults who have never had chickenpox. If you (or your child) receive the vaccine before age 13, then you only need one dose. If you receive the vaccine when you are older than 13 (which may be recommended if you have not yet had chickenpox or received the vaccine), then you should get a second dose 1 to 2 months later.
In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster shot at 4 to 6 years old for further protection. The CDC also recommends that people 13 years of age and older who have never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine get 2 doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart.
A person usually has only one episode of chickenpox, but VZV can lie dormant within the body and cause a different type of skin eruption later in life called shingles (or herpes zoster). Getting the chickenpox vaccine significantly lowers your child's chances of getting chickenpox, but he or she may still develop shingles later.
Though the chickenpox vaccine does not guarantee you will not get chickenpox or shingles, it can reduce your chances of complications and reduce the severity of the disease. The vaccine is about 70 to 85 percent effective at preventing mild infection, and more than 95 percent effective in preventing moderate to severe forms of the infection. Healthy children who have had chickenpox do not need the vaccine as they usually have lifelong protection against the illness.
THE VACCINE IS NOT APPROVED FOR:
Talk to your health care provider if you are unsure about your need for the vaccine. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, consult with your health care provider to make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations before conceiving a child. Be sure to wait the recommended time after receiving a vaccination before you become pregnant.
- Pregnant women.
- People with weakened immunity, such as those with HIV or people on immune-suppressing medications.
- People who are allergic to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.
Parents typically wonder whether vaccines are safe. Since it became available, studies have continued to show the vaccine is safe and effective. Side effects are generally mild and include redness, soreness, swelling and, rarely, small bumps at the site of the shot. However, you may consider alternatives to conventional vaccinations (such as homeopathy) or simply avoiding people who are or may be contagious. Do your research before deciding whether a vaccine is right for you.
Chickenpox is very contagious - most kids with a sibling who has been infected will get it as well, showing symptoms about 2 weeks after the first child does. To help keep the virus from spreading, make sure your children wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom. And keep a child with chickenpox away from unvaccinated siblings as much as possible.
Chickenpox generally resolves spontaneously in those not at high risk for complications. The goal, therefore, is to make you as comfortable as possible and to shorten the length of time that you have the pain and itching associated with chickenpox.
Chickenpox usually runs its course in 2 weeks or less in otherwise healthy children. While chickenpox usually goes away on its own with non-serious complications like itching and scarring. Severe and potentially serious complications and sometimes fatal infections may occur, particularly in high risk individuals such as newborn infants, adults, and people whose immune systems are weakened.
HIGH RISK GROUPS
Chickenpox is normally a mild disease. But it can be serious and can lead to complications, especially in these high-risk groups:
- Newborns and infants whose mothers never had chickenpox or the vaccine.
- Pregnant women.
- People whose immune systems are impaired by medication, such as chemotherapy, or another disease.
- People who are taking steroid medications for another disease or condition, such as children with asthma.
- People with the skin inflammation eczema.
Anyone with an impaired immune system, such as a person whose immune system is suppressed by drugs or who has a disorders such as AIDS, can develop potential infections including:
- Encephalitis (a brain infection).
- Myocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle).
- Secondary bacterial skin infection.
CHICKENPOX & PREGNANCY
A newborn baby also can develop complications from chickenpox, especially if infected prenatally or soon after birth. Pregnant women and anyone with immune system problems should not be near a person with chickenpox. If a pregnant woman who has not had chickenpox in the past contracts it (especially in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy), the fetus is at risk for birth defects, such as limb abnormalities, and she is at risk for more health complications than if she had been infected when she was not pregnant, including low fetal birth weight. If she develops chickenpox just before or after the child is born, the newborn is at greater risk for serious health complications and a serious, life-threatening infection. There is no risk to the developing baby if the woman develops shingles during the pregnancy.
If a pregnant woman has had chickenpox before the pregnancy, the baby will be protected from infection for the first few months of life, since the mother's immunity gets passed on to the baby through the placenta and breast milk. If you are pregnant and not immune to chickenpox, talk to your midwife or health care provider about the risks to you and your unborn baby.
Those at risk for severe disease or serious complications - such as newborns whose mothers had chickenpox at the time of delivery, patients with leukemia or immune deficiencies, and children receiving drugs that suppress the immune system - may be given varicella zoster immune globulin after exposure to chickenpox to reduce its severity.
About 3.5 to 4 million people, mostly children, get chickenpox every year. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report that about 11,000 people are hospitalized and about 100 people die in the United States each year due to complications from the disease.
CHICKENPOX & SHINGLES
Anyone who had chickenpox is at risk of a latent illness called shingles. After a chickenpox infection, some of the varicella-zoster virus may remain in your nerve cells. Many years later, the virus can reactivate and resurface as shingles - a painful band of short-lived blisters. About one in 10 adults who have had chickenpox experiences shingles. The virus is more likely to reappear in older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
Shingles can lead to its own complication - a condition in which the pain of shingles persists long after the blisters disappear. This complication, called postherpetic neuralgia, can be severe.
CHICKEN POX DIAGNOSIS
Varicella used to be very common in the United States before varicella vaccine became available. Health care providers could readily diagnose varicella by doing a clinical assessment. As a result, testing specimens and getting laboratory confirmation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) were not usually needed. However, clinical diagnosis is becoming more challenging because fewer people get varicella and varicella in vaccinated people is often mild and atypical in presentation. Therefore, laboratory confirmation of varicella is becoming increasingly important in routine clinical practice.
Laboratory testing is also recommended to confirm varicella as the cause of outbreaks, establish varicella as a cause of death, determine susceptibility to varicella, and finally, specialized laboratory testing can be used to determine if suspected vaccine-related adverse events were caused by vaccine-strain VZV.
EVALUATING VZV SUSCEPTIBILITY
IgG ELISA: Whole infected cell (wc) ELISA is the most commonly used test to determine if a person has antibodies to VZV from past varicella disease. Wc ELISA is done on blood samples. It can readily detect seroconversion to a natural infection with VZV. However, it is not sensitive enough to detect all seroconversions after vaccination. The more sensitive purified glycoprotein ELISA (gpELISA) or fluorescent antibody to membrane antigen (FAMA) tests have been used in research settings to detect seroconversion after vaccination. However, these are not available commercially.
IgG AVIDITY: IgG avidity has been used in research settings to determine if a person who is IgG positive for VZV was infected with the virus in the past or more recently. Avidity testing can be used to determine if the most recent VZV rash was due to primary infection (varicella) or reactivation (herpes zoster). People infected in the past tend to have antibodies with high affinity for binding to the antigen compared with people with a more recent infection who have a low affinity. As a result, low avidity is an indicator for VZV primary infection. Varicella vaccine recipients are expected to undergo antibody affinity maturation following vaccination, leading to moderate to high IgG avidity VZV antibody. As such, measurements of VZV avidity in vaccinated persons are unlikely to distinguish remote infection from recent (breakthrough) infection with VZV. This test is not available commercially.
LABORATORY CONFIRMATION OF VACCINE-ADVERSE EVENT
PCR genotyping of skin lesions can be used to distinguish rashes due to wild-type VZV from rashes caused by vaccine type (Oka)-strain VZV. Samples of blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or biopsy specimens may also be tested for vaccine-strain VZV to confirm a vaccine-adverse event. VZV-strain-specific testing is not available commercially; it is available at some laboratories, including the CDC National VZV Laboratory. Examples of possible varicella vaccine-adverse events for which PCR genotyping for VZV can be useful include varicella or a varicella-related complication in a vaccinee 7 to 42 days after vaccination, herpes zoster in a vaccinee, and suspected secondary vaccine-strain VZV transmission.
INTERPRETATION OF VZV TEST LAB RESULTS - LAB CONFIRMATION OF SUSPECTED VARICELLA
The most sensitive method for confirming a diagnosis of varicella is the use of PCR to detect VZV in skin lesions (vesicles, scabs, maculopapular lesions). Vesicular lesions, if present, are the best for sampling. Adequate collection of specimens from maculopapular lesions in vaccinated persons can be challenging. However a recent study comparing a variety of specimens from the same patients vaccinated with one dose suggests that maculopapular lesions collected with proper technique can be highly reliable specimen types for detecting VZV.
IgM testing is considerably less sensitive than PCR testing of skin lesions. Commercial IgM assay may not be reliable and false negative IgM results are not uncommon. A positive IgM ELISA result, although suggestive of a primary infection, does not exclude re-infection or reactivation of latent VZV. Careful clinical evaluation may be needed to determine if a rash is varicella or herpes zoster. Nevertheless, IgM testing is readily available and a positive result from a person with a generalized rash is usually interpreted as laboratory confirmation of varicella. A single positive IgG ELISA result cannot be used to confirm a varicella case.
Paired acute and convalescent sera showing a four-fold rise in IgG antibodies have excellent specificity for varicella, but are not as sensitive as PCR of skin lesions for diagnosing varicella. Persons with prior history of vaccination or disease history may have very high baseline titers, and may not achieve a four-fold increase in the convalescent sera. The usefulness of this method for diagnosing varicella is further limited as it requires two office visits.
ESTABLISHING LAB EVIDENCE OF VARICELLA IMMUNITY
A positive IgG ELISA result indicates that a person has antibodies to VZV either from past varicella disease history or vaccination. This test cannot distinguish whether the antibodies were from a past episode of varicella or vaccination. While many commercial VZV IgG ELISAs perform well enough to reliably detect seroconversion for infection by wild type virus, the performance specifications (specificity and sensitivity) of these methods vary widely. Some commercially available VZV IgG assays are not reliable, even for the detection of persons with a history of natural disease. There are currently no commercially available VZV IgG methods sensitive and specific enough to reliably detect seroconversion to vaccine.
Leung J, Harpaz R, Baughman AL, et al. Evaluation of laboratory methods for diagnosis of varicella. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Jul 1;51(1):23-32. Schmid DS, Jumaan AO. Impact of Varicella Vaccine on Varicella-Zoster Virus Dynamics. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2010 Jan;23(1):202-17.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
Treatment for chickenpox depends on your age, your health, how long it has been since you were exposed to the virus, and your symptoms. In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox typically requires no medical treatment. A healthy child with chickenpox may need only home treatment to help relieve itching and monitor fever. Your health care provider may prescribe an antihistamine to relieve itching, but for the most part, the disease is allowed to run its course.
Healthy teens and adults with chickenpox usually have more severe symptoms than children and are at higher risk for complications than healthy children. If you are older than age 12, are pregnant, or have a weak immune system, your health care provider may want to give you a medicine or vaccine that helps protect you from the virus. Home treatment measures can also help to make you more comfortable.
A virus causes chickenpox, so your health care provider will not prescribe antibiotics. However, antibiotics may be required if the sores become infected by bacteria. This is pretty common among children because they often scratch and pick at the blisters. Pneumonia, another complication of chickenpox, may also be treated with antibiotics. Treatment for encephalitis is usually with antiviral drugs. Hospitalization may be necessary.
The antiviral medicine acyclovir may be prescribed for people with chickenpox who are at risk for complications. The drug, which can make the infection less severe, must be given within the first 24 hours after the rash appears. It is most often recommended for those at risk for severe chickenpox such as premature babies, adolescents, and adults. Acyclovir can have significant side effects, so it is only given when necessary. Your health care provider can tell you if the medication is right for your child.
Another drug called immune globulin intravenous (IGIV) may be suggested to lessen the severity of the disease if given within 24 hours after the rash first appears. Other antiviral drugs, such as valacyclovir (Valtrex) and farnciclovir (Famvir), also may lessen the severity of the disease, but have been approved for use only in adults. In some cases, your health care provider may recommend getting the chickenpox vaccine after exposure to the virus. This can possibly prevent the disease or lessen its severity.
HOME TREATMENT: DEALING WITH THE DISCOMFORTS OF CHICKENPOX
Most healthy children, teens, and adults with chickenpox need only home treatment. But all teens and adults with chickenpox need to see a health care practitioner. When given right away, treatment can help prevent serious complications.
If you have chickenpox, you do not need to stay in bed, but it is best to stay quiet and get plenty of rest. Over-the-counter medications can help relieve symptoms such as fever and itching. Befor you give medicine to a sick child, you should check with your child's health care provider. Because of their small size, children are more sensitive than adults to the effects of some medications. Use a measuring spoon or medicine cup to give liquid medicine to a child. Do not guess the dosage amount or use a regular teaspoon or tablespoon,
The chickenpox rash itches. Do what you can to help control the itch and avoid scratching. Scratching the blisters may cause a secondary skin infection or scars may form after the blisters heal. You can help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort of chickenpox by:
- Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days. It can also help provide a playful diversion for a young child as well as relieve itching. Oatmeal (uncooked) or colloidal oatmeal baths, available at the supermarket, pharmacy, or online. Colloidal oatmeal is a finely ground oatmeal that is made for the tub, not the stove. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)
- Wash the blisters twice a day with regular soap and water but do not bandage them.
- Apply cool, wet compresses to the blisters to relieve the pain and itch or soak in a cool water bathtub. Use water or water mixed with vinegar. Take 1 ounce of Vinegar to 32 ounces of water. Apply the compresses three times a day.
- Warm baths with a tablespoon of Salt, Epsom Salts, or
- Putting calamine lotion (dabbing the spots) on itchy areas (but do not use it on the face, especially near the eyes) may provide some relief. Apply an anti-itch cream to the affected area. A non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone, can temporarily relieve the itch. A non-prescription oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), may be helpful if itching is severe.
- Giving your child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult. Avoid feeding your child anything spicy, highly acidic, hard or crunchy, or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels since these can be irritating to mouth sores.
- Asking your health care provider or pharmacist about pain-relieving creams to apply to sores in the genital area.
- As much as possible, discourage infants and children from scratching. Scratching can cause scarring, slow down the healing process and increase the risk that the sores will become infected. This can be difficult for them, so consider putting loose fitting cotton gloves, flannel mittens or socks on your child's hands to prevent scratching during sleep. In addition, trim fingernails and keep them clean to help lessen the effects of and damage from scratching, including broken blisters and infection. If itching is particularly severe or irritating, an antihistamine may need to be prescribed for relief.
- Tetrasil Skin Ointment may help some individuals. This is Tetrasilver Tetroxide (TsT) that was originally developed for and approved by the U.S. EPA as safe, non-toxic and effective method used in destroying a wide variety of pathogens commonly found in swimming pools. Tetrasil is intended for the cleansing, beautifying and moisturizing of the human body. See www.tetrasil.com for more information about this product.
MONITORING THE FEVER
Fever is your body'[s normal response to infection. A higher than normal temperature kills bacterian and viruses that cause illness. Fever medications stop this natural process, so use only when fever is causing discomfort. You can help relieve a fever with over-the-counter medicines. Follow the package instructions carefull. If you give the medine to your baby, follow your health care provider's advice about dosage. Call your health care provider if your child has a fever that lasts longer than 24 hours.
- Giving your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) regularly to help relieve pain if your child has mouth blisters and to treat a fever. These will not cure chickenpox, but they can help lower the fever. Never use aspirin to reduce pain or fever in children (under 20 years of age) with chickenpox because aspirin has been associated with the serious disease Reye's syndrome, which can lead to liver failure and even death. Do not try to treat a high fever without consulting with your health care provider.
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MORE HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS
Get plenty of rest. Children should be kept home from school or daycare and in bed while sick. Keep infected child away from elderly people, newborn babies, and pregnant women who have not had chickenpox.
Stay out of bright sunlight and keep interior areas dimly lit. Do not expose the patient to bright lights until he or she is completely healed.
Apply Vitamin E and Vitamin A, alternately, directly on the sores. Or try using L-Lysine Cream from a health food store.
Prevent the spread of infection. If you or your child has chickenpox, do not return to work, school, or daycare until after all blisters have crusted over, usually about 10 days after the first symptoms start. To help prevent spreading chickenpox, stay away from people who are not immune.
ESSENTIAL OIL RECOMMENDATIONS
Try using essential oils. Bergamot Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil can be used singly or in combination. These highly concentrated plant essences have strong antiviral properties. The best way to use them is to add a few drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Almond Oil, Peanut Oil, or Olive Oil, and apply the mixture directly to the lesions at the first sign of an outbreak. In most instances, the lesions dry up and disappear completely within 3 to 4 days after this treatment.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY RECOMMENDATIONS
Although very few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of chickenpox and shingles based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.
Homeopathic remedies to alleviate chickenpox symptoms may include:
Consider using homeopathic remedies to alleviate shingles symptoms. The following homeopathic remedies that may be helpful are:
- Antimonium Crudum. For irritable children who are extremely sensitive to touch and may have a thick white coating on the tongue.
- Antimonium Tartaricum. For large, slowly appearing pox lesions.
- Mercurius. For large, pus-filled pox which may ooze; this remedy is most appropriate for individuals who sweat profusely and may have enlarged lymph nodes.
- Pulsatilla. For fever associated with chicken pox; children who tend to be whiny, clingy, and weepy but have very little thirst despite the fever.
- Sulphur. For extremely itchy lesions that worsen with heat or bathing and which children will often scratch to the point of bleeding.
- Apis Mellifica. Swollen, tender eruptions with burning, stinging pain and itching shiny skin in the early stages of shingles suggest a need for this remedy. Symptoms are aggravated by warmth, and relieved by cold applications or exposure to cool air. The person may be irritable and very sensitive to touch. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
- Arsenicum Album. For intense burning sensation that improves with warmth and worsens with cold. If a person feels chilly, anxious, restlessness at night, and exhausted during fever - and the burning pain of the eruptions is relieved by heat and thirst - this remedy may be indicated. Discomfort is often worse around midnight. Dosage Recommended: 6C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
- Clematis Erecta. Red, burning, blister-like eruptions with terrible itching, worse from washing or contact with cold water, may indicate a need for this remedy. The person feels worse at night and from the warmth of bed - being better in open air. People who need this remedy may also have a tendency toward genito-urinary conditions. Dosage Recommended 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
- Iris Versicolor. This remedy is often helpful for herpes zoster infection that is accompanied by stomach problems with burning sensations and nausea. Eruptions may appear especially on the right side of the abdomen. Recommneded Dosage: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
- Rhus Toxicodendron. For severe itching that worsens at night and improves with warm compresses or a bath; this remedy is the most commonly prescribed. For intense itching and pain that may be relieved by touch. This remedy may be indicated for a rash that begins with many small blisters, is red and intensely harsh itchy and burning, and is relieved by hot baths or hot wet compresses. Restlessness makes the person want to pace the room or constantly move around. Homeopathic treatment for pain in joints and pain in ligaments. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by homeopathic practitioner.
Catnip tea sweetened with Molasses is good for fever and can be given to infants and children as well as adults. For a child over age 2 years, catnip tea enemas can reduce fever. MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Therapeutic Enemas
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Aloe Vera has been used to soothe skin disorders and inflammations and has been used for herpes viral outbreaks and other skin conditions.
Other recommended herbs for chickenpox include Burdock Root, Echinacea, Ginger, Pau D'Arco, and St. John's Wort.
Alfalfa, Chamomile, and Dandelion promote healing by helping to restore the body's normal acid/alkaline balance. Dandelion also helps to detoxify and support the liver. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) traditionally has been used to treat skin conditions and childhood illness like chickenpox. A cool chamomile compress can aid in soothing the blisters.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been used topically for herpes lesions.
Astragalus, or Huang Qi, enhances the immune system and acts as an antibiotic.
Applying Black Walnut or Goldenseal extract to the affected area may help.
Burdock Root and Red Clover cleanse both the lymph nodes and the bloodstream. Burdock has been traditionally used for skin lesions.
Cat's Claw has immune-enhancing properties and acts against viral infection.
Herpes treatment should include Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover, and St. Johns Wort.
Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and reduces infection. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Green Tea has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The polyphenols it contains have been found to fight herpes viruses.
Milk Thistle protects the liver and promotes healthy liver function.
A combination of Oat Straw, St. John's Wort, and Skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of these tinctures together, and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture 4 times daily.
Olive Leaf extract aids in fighting the virus and appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as the herpes viruses.
Red Marine Algae appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as any of the herpes viruses.
Spirulina contains phytonutrients that appear to boost the immune system.
Valerian root calms the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, it acts as a sleep aid.
DIET & NUTRITION
Drink freshly made Juices with Protein supplement powder and Brewer's Yeast added. Also drink pure vegetable broth.
When the fever drops and the appetite returns, use a "starter diet" consisting of only mashed Bananas, Avocados, fresh raw Applesauce, and/or Yogurt. Do not use cooked or processed foods.
Do not give any cow's milk or formula to a feverish infant. Instead, use pure, freshly made Juices that have been diluted with a combination of 4 ounces of Quality Water and 100 to 1,000 mg of Vitamin C for each 4 ounces of juice. Infants who are 6 months old or older can have almond, rice, or soymilk, available from health food stores. Give a sick infant lots of water to prevent dehydration.
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Eat plenty of foods that contain Vitamin B-6, including bananas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
If you are unlucky enough to contract chickenpox in adulthood, contact your health care provider. Use a cleansing fast program to help speed recovery.
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Use Bee Pollen or Bee Propolis, Chlorophyll, and/or Kelp to fight the virus and promote healing. Caution: Bee pollen may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms occur.
Avoid alcohol, processed foods, colas, white flour products, sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and drugs to lessen the chance of an outbreak. Herbal teas are beneficial (see herbs), but all other teas should be avoided.
Drink steam-distilled or quality bottled water.
Do not consume citrus fruits and juices while the virus is active.
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
Vitamin A Capsules: 20,000 IU daily for 1 month, then reduce to 15,000 IU daily for one week.
Emulsion: 100,000 IU daily for 1 week, then 75,000 IU daily for 1 week.
If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.
An immunostimulant that aids healing of tissues. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Carotene Complex
With Beta Carotene
15,000 IU daily. Heals tissues and stimulates the immune system. Cod Liver Oil As directed on label. Cod liver oil comes from fatty fish and is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and essential omega-3 fatty acids. Used for the treatment and prevention of minor infections. Vitamin C
Vitamin C: 1,000 mg 4 times daily.
Bioflavonoids: 30 to 60 mg daily.
Powerful immune stimulant that aids in keeping down fever. Bioflavonoids work with Vitamin C.
Brewer's Yeast 1 teaspoon daily for 1 week, then gradually increase to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, or two 20-grain tablets 3 times daily. A good source of B vitamins. Calcium
Calcium: 1,500 mg daily.
Magnesium: 750 mg daily.
To relieve stress and anxiety. For nerve function and healing. Use chelated forms. Garlic
(Kyolic or Fresh)
Kyolic: 3 capsules 3 times daily with meals.
Fresh: 3 to 4 cloves with meals 3 times daily.
An immune system stimulant and a natural antibiotic. Green Foods As directed on label. To supply chlorophyll and important nutrients needed for tissue repair, and cleasing the blood. Important in immune response. Wheatgrass is used for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics. Potassium 99 mg daily. Needed for electrolyte balance and restore electrolytes. Needed for proper calcium and magnesium metabolism. Helps to reduce fever and speed healing. Protein Supplement As directed on lable. Take between meals. To supply protein required to build and repair tissue and to stimulate appetite. Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin and up, 3 times daily with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Important for healing and immune function. Needed for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies. Combats the herpes viruses and helps to keep it from spreading. Also works with Lysine to preven outbreaks. Use a hypoallergenic form, if available. Vitamin B-12 1,000 mcg twice daily. Decreases inflammation. B Vitamins are needed for healthy skin. Use a lozenge or sublingual for, if available. Vitamin D-3 1,000 IU twice daily for 1 week, then reduce to 400 IU daily. Aids in tissue healing and is needed for calcium absorption. Vitamin E 200 to 800 IU daily. You can also open a capsul and apply the oil directly to the affected areas of the skin. Helps prevent formation of scar tissue. Also helps to alleviate pain and increases oxygenation and promotes healing. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Zinc 80 mg daily in divided doses for 1 week, then reduce to 50 mg daily. Lozenges recommended. Do not exceed a total of `100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts and enhances immune function, healing and protects against infection. Use zinc gluconate lozenges.
As directed on label. Mushroom extracts with immune-stimulating and anti-viral properties. Colloidal Silver As directed on label. A natural antibiotic that has shown effectiveness in treating lesions of chickenpox and shingles. Can be taken internally and applied externally. Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. Promotes healing of skin and nerve tissues. Grapeseed Extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells and decreases the number of outbreaks of blisters. MultiVitamin
As directed on label. All nutrients are needed for enhanced healing of all bodily tissues and all are necessary in balance, Take a hypoallergenic form. Raw Thymus Glandular 500 mg twice daily. Stimulates the production of T-lymphocytes by the thymus gland. Needed for immune function. See Glandular Therapy.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
Most chickenpox infections require no special medical treatment. But sometimes, there are problems. It is important to contact your health care provider if any of the following symptoms occurs:
If you suspect that you or your child has chickenpox, consult your health care provider. He or she can easily diagnose chickenpox by examining the characteristic rash and by noting the presence of accompanying symptoms. Your health care provider can also prescribe medications to lessen the severity of disease and treat complications, if necessary. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment, to avoid waiting and possibly infecting others in a crowded waiting room.
Also, be sure to let your health care provider know if any of these complications occur:
The rash spreads to one or both eyes.
The rash is accompanied by dizziness, disorientation, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, tremors, loss of muscle coordination, worsening cough, vomiting, stiff neck or a fever higher than 103°F.
- If there is a fever that lasts for more than 4 days or rises above 102°F. Consult a health care provider immediately if symptoms include dizziness, a fever higher than 103°F, rapid heartbeat, tremors and any of the other symptoms listed below.
- If there is a severe cough or trouble breathing.
- If an area of rash that leaks pus (thick, discolored fluid) or becomes very red, warm, swollen, tender or sore, indicating a possible secondary bacterial skin infection.
- If there is a severe headache.
- If there is unusual drowsiness or has trouble waking up.
- If there is trouble looking at bright lights (light sensitivity).
- If there is difficulty walking.
- If the patient seems confused.
- If the patient seems very ill or is vomiting.
- If the patient has a stiff neck.
Call your health care provider if you think your child has chickenpox, if you have a question, or if you are concerned about a possible complication. Your health care provider can guide you in watching for complications and in choosing medication to relieve itching. When taking your child to the health care provider, let the office know in advance that your child might have chickenpox. It is important to ensure that other children and any pregnant women in the office are not exposed - for some of them, a chickenpox infection could cause severe complications.
HELPFUL RELATED RESOURCES
Additional information available from:
The Herpes Resource Center (HRC)
American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
NHIC: HRC Website Information
Forces of Nature: H-BALM Herpes Medication Information
MoonDragon's Pediatric Health - Childhood Infections: Chickenpox
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Cold Sores
MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
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