Nonpregnancy Treatment And Care

As chickenpox in childhood is a mild, self-limiting illness all that is generally required is control of the pyrexia and pruritus, e.g. with paracetamol and antihistamines if necessary. Care needs to be taken to avoid secondary infection of the lesions, advice on hygiene should be given and antibiotics if secondary infection does occur. As adults tend to have a more severe illness, oral aciclovir may be given within 24 hours of developing the rash11. If complications develop then hospital admission may be required.

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