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What can you take to treat pain from chickenpox?

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If you or your child has a high fever or achiness caused by chickenpox, try acetaminophen. It can ease pain from sores on the skin or in the mouth. It�s safe for most people, including pregnant women and children over 2 months old.

Avoid anti-inflammatory painkillers, like ibuprofen. If you have chickenpox, it can make you very ill. Never give aspirin to children under age 16. It can lead to a serious complication called Reye�s syndrome.

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

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