PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What can you do to stop itching from chickenpox?

ANSWER

Scratching can put you at risk for a bacterial skin infection. It could also cause scarring. Try these tips:

�Tap or pat -- don�t scratch -- your itch

�Take a cool oatmeal bath (you can buy it at your local drugstore). Dab or pat (don�t rub) your skin dry.

�Wear loose, cotton clothing so your skin can breathe

�Dab calamine lotion on your itchy spots

�Try an antihistamine, like Benadryl, to ease your symptoms

�Heat and sweat make you itch more. Use a cool, wet washcloth on super-itchy areas to calm your skin.

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox)”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox,” “Colloidal Oatmeal: History, Chemistry and Clinical Properties.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?” “Chickenpox,” “First Aid: Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox)”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox,” “Colloidal Oatmeal: History, Chemistry and Clinical Properties.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?” “Chickenpox,” “First Aid: Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

How can you stop itching from heat and sweat if you have chickenpox?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.