Week 3 – Two quick chickenpox tips


“Avoid ibuprofen and calamine lotion in chickenpox”


Years of slathering calamine lotion all over children…now to be told not to.

Why?  Because it has been noticed that when calamine dries into the chickenpox lesions it actually makes the skin MORE itchy.  (It is true and I’ve witnessed this myself.)

Go figure eh…

So what does work?  A warm bath with 2 cups of ground oatmeal (or if you don’t fancy getting your Jamie Oliver pestle and mortar out to grind your oats, there are a few oatmeal bath products out in supermarkets.)  Take care as it makes the bath (and your sprog) super slippery.

And as for Ibuprofen (more commonly known by the brand name Calprofen) there have been a small number of cases reported where children with chickenpox went on to have a very severe and life-threatening skin condition when taking Ibuprofen to lower their fever during chickenpox.

The evidence isn’t 100% conclusive but on balance it is best to avoid using Ibuprofen whilst this is further looked into.

So there you have it, short and sweet, week 3 done and dusted!

For my full article on chickenpox, click here.

See you next week!

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Dr Claudia x

Please note: The materials in this web site are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor. The web site does not have answers to all problems. Answers to specific problems may not apply to everyone. If you notice medical symptoms or feel ill, you should consult your doctor. Dr Claudia x

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