chicken pox

Canada
July 20, 2007 12:14pm CST
my neighbour has chicken pox. does anyone know the best thing to soothe the itch. and my daughter had the chicken pox needle a few years ago. is it a one time needle that will prevent for ever, does anyone know exactly how long it lasts or are you suposed to get it every year?
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@crazynurse (7511)
• United States
20 Jul 07
The immunization that your daughter got is a lifetime immunity. As for your neighbor's itching, baking soda baths are great as are the 'Aveeno' bath product that one can buy at stores. Also if you have access to an aloe plant it is quite soothing. Just be sure to tell your neighbor not to scratch, as that can cause breaking of the skin and a secondary bacterial infection at the site. Oh, and if he/she chooses the bath route, the water should be tepid, not really hot. Hot will increase itching. Same with clothing and air temperature. The hotter he/she gets the more they will itch. They should try to stay cool.
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• Canada
20 Jul 07
that's really great advice, thanks i'll let them know about the bath water not being hot
• United States
20 Jul 07
I know when we had kids as children my mom gave us a bath with oatmeal soap like aveeno has now. If you go to melineplus they have excellent tips for soothing the itch. As for the vaccine, I dont think they know for sure whether it is a lifetime immunity or not. I believe there is a booster for it at some point. The vaccine increases your childs risk of getting shingles as a adult, but no one seems to care they have made it mandatory for all kids of school age to have it. It doesnt make me happy one bit
• Canada
20 Jul 07
oh wow, i didn't know about the risks later on, they had never told me that.
@foxyfire33 (10021)
• United States
20 Jul 07
I was only two or three when I had chicken pox so I don't remember what was done for the itch, I think calamine lotion or oatmeal baths work though. I know it's really important to keep them from scratching. I have a few scars still from where I scratched. When the vaccine first came out the risks were discussed but later schools decided to make it mandatory and no one discussed the risks any more. I really disagree with the vaccine being mandatory but mostly just because I think schools are taking over and telling parents how to raise their children. My oldest daughter just received her booster at her 6th grade physical. Originally the vaccine was supposed to be a one time thing but now they are finding that it oes lose effectiveness after awhile. I think in the end it's going to cause more problems than chicken pox itself would have. There are risks at any age but the complications were more common in small babies an auls. With this vaccine it will be more likely that adults who were previously immunized will contract it and have serious problems.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
5 Aug 07
I know chicken pox is bad but it is a necessary evil. In my opinion it is best for a child to get it when they are young. Once they have it they will not normally get it ever again. The vacine is relatively new. There is only guess work on it right now. I had my husband get the shot because he never had the chicken pox when he was younger. It is really bad for someone over the age of forty to get the desease. The doctor told him it should protect him from the desease but don't intentionally go around anyone with chicken pox. To me this says that it may not protect all that great. I had the chicken pox when I was young and am fine. My daughter had the chicken pox and she is fine. The same as my mother and her mother before her. I gave my daughter baths in oatmeal to help sooth the itch. I also used calodril lotion. We played any kind of strange hand game that I could think of to keep her hands busy so she could not scratch.
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
23 Jul 07
Best thing to soothe is pinetarsol baths and calomine lotion. As far as i know, the needle is meant to last, i havent heard of getting booster shots for it. Best wishes to you