Chicken pox FAQ

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Remember the pox lesions may occur in the mouth as well. While you want to encourage fluids in the child with chicken pox, be sure not give the child anything that is too salty or acidic such as orange juice if these lesions are present in the mouth.

Can't Acyclovir (Zovirax) make chicken pox go away faster?

An in-depth discussion may be found in "Would you prescribe Zovirax for chicken pox scars?" however, to summarize: Acyclovir is an anti-viral medication that has been proven to decrease the symptoms of chicken pox, decrease the number of lesions, and decrease the amount of time it takes for the lesions to crust over. However, this decrease is only one day of illness and is only effective if the medication is started within the first day of the rash. In addition, it is a rather expensive medication that must be taken four times per day, therefore, the current recommendation is to not use this medication unless the child is at particular risk of having severe chicken pox. These children would include those who:

  1. Are over the age of 12
  2. Have certain lung diseases
  3. Who take aspirin on a daily basis for other medical conditions
  4. Who take steroids either by mouth or inhaled steroids

Are there more serious complications associated with chicken pox?

Chicken pox is a relatively benign infection for most. However, more serious complications do uncommonly occur, and it is these more serious complications that constitute the biggest argument to give the chicken pox vaccine. Some of these complications include:

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