PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Are there prescription medications for chickenpox?

ANSWER

If you�ve been exposed to chickenpox but don�t have symptoms yet, the doctor may give you an injection of a treatment called immunoglobulin. It can help prevent severe chickenpox. You might get it if you�re:

�Pregnant

�A smoker

�Living with HIV

�Getting chemotherapy

Taking high doses of steroid medication

If you�re at risk for severe chickenpox and already have symptoms, your doctor might prescribe an antiviral medication called acyclovir. It can ease your symptoms. You�ll take the first dose within 24 hours after you get the rash. Then you�ll take a tablet 5 times a day for 7 days.

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:

What medication is prescribed for severe 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.