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Chickenpox: Everything You Should Consider

beth December 27, 2012

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Chickenpox is a typically minor viral infection that most of your grandparents contracted at some point in their childhood. With the risk in vaccination many parents are again letting their children catch chickenpox and build up a natural immunity. There are a lot of things to take into consideration between the virus itself and the vaccine – as well as natural ways to take care of things once chickenpox are present.

Common Symptoms

  • Low-grade fever
  • Itchy, fluid filled blisters

Transmission:

Usually chickenpox is active in the body before symptoms show – one is usually contagious 1-2 days before the bumps appear. It is highly contagious and can be spread through the air (coughing or sneezing) and through coming into contact with the virus via the blisters.

Possible Complications Of Chickenpox

While many complications are possible they are rare. Some of these include:

  • Infected skin lesions from the rash
  • Pneumonia
  • encephalitis  (less than 2 in 10,000 cases)
  •  Hospitalization occurs in about 2 or 3 out of every 1000 cases.

Vaccine Info And Complications

There were 2810 adverse reactions reported to VAERS in 2011.  121 were serious, or about 4%.

Reported Reactions include:

  • Soreness or swelling at shot site
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • erythema
  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Fainting

The chickenpox vaccine has been shown not to be very effective. It is a live vaccine which means that it CAN shed or even cause the chickenpox. In many cases the reactions online casino of the vaccine are more severe than simply having chickenpox which in the majority of cases is not serious. The vaccine is cultured in aborted fetal tissue. 

Modern Alternative Mama has a very in-depth vaccine series you can find here.

Treatment

Once one have chickenpox your really just trying to make things as comfortable as possible throughout. Your body is building up it”s own immunity to the virus – which you want your body to do. You can however make things more bearable.

  • Make sure you are eating a real food diet and increase your vitamin D intake  to help boost the immune system.
  • Don”t try to make a mild fever go away if present – fevers are your body”s natural way of defending itself. Read more about why here.
  • Chamomile tea helps to relaxing and sooth the irritability associated with itching.
  • For itching: try calamine lotion, aloe vera, and  lukewarm baths with baking soda and/or oatmeal. Tea tree oil can also help to ease itching.

It is important to not scratch because doing so increases the risk of infection in exposed lesions. Scratching is also what leads to scars.

This information is, in no way, to be considered medical advice. If you have questions contact your doctor, herbalist, or other health care professional. Most cases of chickenpox are mild – however, if you have a severe case seek medical attention.

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7 Comments

  1. My daughter did not have the varicella vaccine & her cousin brought chicken pox from Ethiopia. It was an opportunity for all of the unvaccinated cousins to try get their natural immunity at just the right age. It was not as easy to catch as we thought. Basically, it took weeks, months to get each cousin to catch the pox from another cousin, had to be while the pox were oozing, etc. It took many, many play dates to catch it. We opted to use acyclovir to shorten it and make it less uncomfortable. My daughter had about 100 pox, but was never too uncomfortable. She was excited to catch them. We used a paste baking soda and tee tree oil in water to apply to the pox. In general, we do not use many pharmaceutical medications, but we felt pretty comfortable using acyclovir, as did the rest of the cousins and I think it allowed them to acquire natural immunity without getting really uncomfortable for too long.

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  2. […] Do you have questions about the Chicken Pox vaccine? Over at Modern Alternative Health, Beth breaks down the risks of pox vs. risks of the vaccine. […]

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  3. I had them 2x as a child, 30 some odd yrs ago. It was itchy and I took lots of baths with oats in it! My mother ran a preschool and NOBODY kept their child home or was scared of it. Yes the children stayed home for the initial infection period because it is a virus and cold like symptoms occur… But what my mom whitnessed was the best friends or sibling caught it… Not the school as a whole…. And there was o e girl there that had a comprised immune system and SHE was the one to get the vaxx not the healthy people…. So somewhere down the line pharma decided that they would make wayyyy more mo ey convincing us that WE needed to protect them… I know her as an adult and still takes every recommended vaxx under the sun and is very sickly…. Bottom line chicken pox ain’t on thang!

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  4. Is it really necessary to expose children to at a young age or at all?

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  5. Hey Beth! There is one more remedy I would like to add here. Try spreading a thin layer of honey over the rashes. Trust me, it really helps.
    Monika

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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