Chickenpox | Diagnosis & Treatment

How does a doctor diagnosis chickenpox?

The chickenpox rash is unique, and a diagnosis can usually be made from a physical examination.

How is chickenpox treated?

For the most part, the chickenpox virus needs to run its course, but there are several things you can do to help reduce the symptoms and prevent other infections. It's very important that you don't let your child scratch the blisters, as this could lead to secondary bacterial infections. Keep your child's fingernails short to decrease the likelihood of scratching. In addition, treatments may include:

  • acetaminophen for fever (do not give aspirin)
  • antibiotics for treating bacterial infections
  • calamine lotion (to relieve itching)
  • antiviral drugs (for severe cases)
  • bed rest
  • increased fluid intake (to prevent dehydration)
  • cool baths with baking soda or Aveeno (to relieve itching)