Chicken Pox, a fairly known name in all the households and sometimes misconstrued for Small Pox, is a highly contagious viral disease. Despite vaccination being available to prevent its occurrence, the infection invariably finds its way into the lives of those who are either not protected or lack immunity.
Causes And Symptoms of Chicken Pox
Chicken Pox is a viral disease caused by Varicella Zoster virus. It is seen to affect the children at large. However, adults are equally prone to this infection if not already vaccinated. Spring season and winter season register a lot of chicken pox cases.
The noticeable signs and symptoms include mild fever, headache, nausea, and tiredness, body ache accompanied by a characteristic rash on the body. The infection being a viral one runs its course and has an incubation period of about 14-18 days.
Chicken Pox is an airborne disease and is transmittable through droplet infections. A person tending to the sick has a high probability of contracting the virus and thus needs to take adequate care. It can develop within three to ten days of exposure and lasts for about a period of two to three weeks. The infected person initially develops mild fever, which could be coupled with body pain and headache. Subsequently an itchy rash appears with blisters erupting on the back, forehead or chest. These blisters keep appearing day after day for a couple of days. They could spread to the scalp, limbs and even to the mouth and genitals. The blisters are filled with fluid like substance and could burst if scratched. They itch a lot and can get infected. However, in a few days these blisters turn into scab, which would gradually drop off. A person could experience mild fever throughout. The course of this infection tends to create discomfort in patients due to itchiness and pain.
The disease is contagious one or two days before the rash appears and until all blisters have crusted over.
Suggested Measures for Chicken Pox
Chicken Pox being a viral infection runs its course anyway. The period of incubation does not reduce with any medication. However, the severity of discomfort can be brought down by following a few suggestions.
- Isolate the infected individual. This would allow adequate rest in addition to lowering the chances of others contracting the infection
- Ensure high intake of fluids coupled with complete rest
- Administer supportive therapies to reduce the pain and control the temperature
- Apply some calamine lotion to soothe the itchy rash thus preventing scratching
- Consume simple home made food with less oil and preferably least spices
- Personal hygiene is highly desired to curtail the spread of this infection
Ayurvedic Treatment of Chicken Pox with Neem Leaves
Neem plays a key role in ayurvedic treatment of Chicken Pox. For centuries Neem has been a household name in India and now popular across the world for its medicated properties. Traditionally it is used in Ayurveda as an antiseptic and highly recommended for cure of umpteen numbers of skin related and other disorders and infections. Neem comes to the rescue in cases of urinary disorders, diarrhea, fever, skin diseases, dental disorders, wounds and inflammation etc. The antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral property of this tree makes it a strong contender to be used as an insecticide and pesticide.
The Neem tree, popularly known as the wonder tree and native to India and the Indian subcontinent, comes with a plethora of benefits the natural way. While the tree as a whole is used in the preparing traditional ayurvedic medicines, the bark and the leaves are widely consumed due to their particular benefits.
Neem – The Magical Leaf
The Neem leaf in particular is revered for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. The benefits of Neem leaves can be administered in various forms such as tea, herbal infusion, oil, paste etc. It has both pungent and astringent taste. It removes toxins from the body, purifies blood and neutralizes damaging free radicals.
The Ayurvedic name for Chicken Pox is Laghu Masurika. The Neem leaves also known as Margosa have a commendable application in treating Chicken Pox the Ayurvedic way. Some of the highly recommended methods of using Neem leaves in treatment of this viral infection are: –
- Make a paste of fresh leaves and apply over the blisters. The application is sure to relieve the patient of discomfort due to itchiness
- Neem leaves aid the drying of fluid in the blisters
- Neem fronds when hung around the sick help combat the Varicella Zoster virus due to its antiviral property
- Boil a bunch of Neem leaves in water and mix into bathing water. The anti-inflammatory property would help reduce the pain and itching
- Consumption of fresh leaves on an empty stomach purifies blood and throws away infection friendly toxins
- Intake of Neem juice is an effective way of providing relief from the effects of the infection
- In case of non-availability of fresh leaves, dry powder could be picked up off the shelf and put into similar use
The two doses of Varicella vaccine have been commendably able to limit the cases of Chicken Pox since its inception. However, its occurrence amongst the unprotected and less immune cannot be overlooked. Neem leaves are and were always the choice of Ayurveda in treatment of this highly contagious virus. The benefits of its properties are time tested and desirable.