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Chicken Pox

My 4 year old brought it from the krippe and he has fully recovered from it now. Since i didnt have it as a child, i am affected now. We had been to the doctor when the first postules appeared for my kid but the doctor said if i havent had it before i am already infected - so no point taking the vaccine.

I read in one of the posts about a lotion or ointment to minimize the scars but cant seem to find it now. I have my face full of the rashes and if there is something that can minimize the scars, it will be great. The doctor prescribed only paracetamol and a gel to ease with the itching.
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Old 08.06.2012, 12:29
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Re: Chicken Pox

The main thing is to keep the skin clean, and try not to scratch. Keep your fingernails very short and your hands very clean.

Scarring usually occurs because of a secondary infection in the sores...

I had major chicken pox like you, first winter after we arrived in Switzerland, kids brought it home from school...and have zero scars...but I don't tend to scratch and my skin is usually very clear of infection...
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Re: Chicken Pox

Rosewater and potatostarch.
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Re: Chicken Pox

The normal treatment for the blisters is calamine lotion.
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Re: Chicken Pox

Bathing in bicarbonate of soda helps too, not sure how easy it is to find here tho?
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Re: Chicken Pox

Sudocrem works for pretty much anything rash, scrape, blister etc.
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Re: Chicken Pox

My heart goes out to you!! I had Chickenpox two years, ago, and only then did I fully understand why the moms here did everything they could to ensure that their children get the virus as a child!

I also had scars on my face, and few stubborn ones at that too. I used a Scar cream from Dr. Spiller everyday for 2 weeks, and they disappeared.
The cream is quite expensive, then it was Sfr180, for about 50ml, but it lasts forever, you need just a tiny bit. If you are interested, you can pm me, as my neighbor is a rep for this brand.

http://www.dr-spiller.com/content/en/seide.htm
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Re: Chicken Pox

For the kids we used Tanno Hermal Lotio. But ask at the apotheke.
Maybe they have something better for adults.
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Bathing in bicarbonate of soda helps too, not sure how easy it is to find here tho?
They bake cakes in Switzerland too

Just look by the flour.
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The normal treatment for the blisters is calamine lotion.
If you can get it. I asked in a number of pharmacies in BL and BS, and none of them had heard of it.
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If you can get it. I asked in a number of pharmacies in BL and BS, and none of them had heard of it.
Seems to be available cheaply on eBay and Amazon Marketplace, if need be.
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The normal treatment for the blisters is calamine lotion.
I was recently looking for this (not for chicken pox though). When I asked at the apoteke, I was informed that calamine lotion is sold only in the US and UK.
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Re: Chicken Pox

Hi,

The ointment you may be looking for is Schüttelpinselung weiss - it is a white cream that is dabbed on the spots 2 times per day for 10 days (that was for my child). I can also recommend an oatmeal bath - put some oatmeal in a muslin and let the water run through it and squeeze it into the bath.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Re: Chicken Pox

Hope you feel better soon. Also try to avoid any adults especially if they are a bit vulnerable health wise.
A dear friend in contact with someone who had chicken pox developed shingles which can be extremely unpleasant.
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Re: Chicken Pox

There is "no cure" for Chickenpox. The creams mentioned here, are usually just to relieve your itches (eg: calamine lotion, they do sell them here in ZH apotheke).

There is however, a jab which you can take to hasten the process to 2 days.
There is also another jab which makes you immune to the chickenpox (not 100% guarantee though).
However I seriously doubt the swiss doctor knows about them, or want to give them to you. They are usually all-naturalists.

Just don't scratch because of possible scarring.
It is hard on an adult to have chicken pox. All the other remedies mentioned, are often just old-wives-myths.

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Re: Chicken Pox

Tanno-Hermal is very similar to calamine cream/lotion.

Having had adult chicken pox I went looking for some reasons why I managed to contract it even though I was tested only 2 years previously (during pregnancy) and was told I had 'residual immunity'.

What I discovered is that most people are exposed to chicken pox every few years, and if they have a good immune system, their body will deal with the virus without causing an outbreak of symptoms. Too long between exposures, or exposure to a different strain (I was told the strain in Europe is probably different to the one I was exposed to in Australia) - and you may well be susceptible.

I also found out that someone who catches chicken pox from being sneezed on at school or in the bus, will probably get a mild case, but an adult caring for someone in the family who is contagious, you are going to pick up a lot of the virus as it is 'shed' from your child, and so you get a much bigger dose...

That's what happened in our family - eldest child brought home a 'mild' case, but managed to give quite nasty doses to her two siblings and mum. My husband, who is a primary school teacher and so has a pretty tough immune system, didn't catch it...
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Re: Chicken Pox

Thank you all for the replies!
My husband went to the apotheke and didnt get the calamine lotion but got the Tanno hermal one. I have now applied it all over. I do have the sodium bicarbonate at home - got it when my son was down with the virus and it did relieve him of the itching.
I have been running temperature and feeling generally very weak. I never knew chicken pox is such a common thing here else would have considered taking the vaccine. by the time i got to know it was too late.

Yes, it is definitely better to have it as a child - my son didnt know a thing. Just sat and watched cbeebies the whole day and before we knew anything the rashes had started to crust. my case is different - i am feeling so miserable Just want to go home and hug my mommy

i am just hoping its does not end up in any other major complications. I am so upset that 80% of the rashes are on my face and neck
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Thank you all for the replies!
My husband went to the apotheke and didnt get the calamine lotion but got the Tanno hermal one. I have now applied it all over. I do have the sodium bicarbonate at home - got it when my son was down with the virus and it did relieve him of the itching.
I have been running temperature and feeling generally very weak. I never knew chicken pox is such a common thing here else would have considered taking the vaccine. by the time i got to know it was too late.

Yes, it is definitely better to have it as a child - my son didnt know a thing. Just sat and watched cbeebies the whole day and before we knew anything the rashes had started to crust. my case is different - i am feeling so miserable Just want to go home and hug my mommy

i am just hoping its does not end up in any other major complications. I am so upset that 80% of the rashes are on my face and neck
Instead of cbeebees, you have EF.....we will keep you company...just type so fast that you forget your itches...
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Instead of cbeebees, you have EF.....we will keep you company...just type so fast that you forget your itches...
Thank you for that
I think i will start a thread every minute and then maybe i'd feel better
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Thank you for that
I think i will start a thread every minute and then maybe i'd feel better
Once I did that, and I was banned and forever labeled a TROLL....some still label me as such, even now.

They don't realise I was just chatty and I type faster than I think...
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