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Chickenpox: Controlling the Itch

When you or your child has chickenpox, the rash camera.gif that develops can be very uncomfortable.

Key points

  • Although the severity of the rash varies from person to person, all people with chickenpox need to minimize scratching the rash to prevent:
    • Infection from bacteria under your fingernails or on the skin of your hands.
    • Scarring.
  • You can treat itching from the chickenpox rash at home with baths and certain over-the-counter medicines and lotions.
  • Check with your child's doctor before giving these medicines to your child.

what.gif What is the chickenpox rash?
why.gif Why is it important to avoid scratching the chickenpox rash?
how.gif How can you reduce itching?
where.gif Where to go from here

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last RevisedOctober 13, 2011

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Last Updated: October 13, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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