Chickenpox (Laghu Masurika)
Chickenpox is an acute contagious disease,
common to children, particularly between the ages of 1 - 10 years.
Though it has a superficial resemblance to smallpox, it is
entirely a different disease and less severe.
But the good news is that chickenpox is a
common illness for kids and most people get better by just resting
like you do with a cold or the flu. And the really good news is
that, thanks to the chickenpox vaccine, lots of kids don't get
chickenpox at all. Kids who do get it, if they got the shot, often
get less severe cases, which means they get better.
The disease starts with slight
feverishness, and pain in the back and legs. There may be a
feeling of chill, and with twenty-four hours of its onset, small
red papules appear on the back and chest, and, sometimes, on the
A rash that usually begins on the body and face
and later often spreads to the scalp and limbs.
It may also spread to the mucous membranes
especially in the mouth and on the genitals.
The rash is often itchy.
It begins as small red spots which develop into
blisters in a couple of hours.
After one or two days, the blisters turn into
New blisters may appear after three to six days.
The number of blisters differs greatly from one
person to another.
The infected person may run a temperature.
These symptoms are mild in young children.
Chickenpox lasts 7 to 10 days in children and
longer in adults.
Adults can feel very ill and take longer to
recover. They are also more likely than children to suffer
Chickenpox is caused by a virus called
varicella-zoster. It may start out seeming like a cold: You might
have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a cough. But 1 to 2
days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots on the
chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the
entire body sometimes the rash is even in a person's ears and
mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people
get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe.
- Sandal wood paste to apply on affected area.
- The infected person will be contagious until new
blisters have stopped appearing and until all the blisters
have scabs. They should stay at home while they are
- Avoid scratching the blisters because of the risk of
infection.Cut the nails short or make the patient wear
- A natural remedy is Swarnamakshika Bhasma.120 mg of Swarnamakshika
Bhasma to be taken morning and evening with decoction of
Kanchnar tree bark.
- 1gm of Haridra Churna to be taken with juice of bitter
ground leaves at noon and night.
Yoga for Chicken