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What are the treatment options for chickenpox?

Time is usually the main treatment option for children with chickenpox. It is caused by a virus, so antibiotics won't help it improve. Of course, if there is an associated infection with blisters, your child might be given an antibiotic treatment to kill off bacteria.

If your doctor has determined that you're susceptible to the more serious illnesses linked to chickenpox, you may be given an antiviral drug like acyclovir to help reduce the effects of the disease.

Otherwise, taking cool water baths with oatmeal, using calamine lotion, eating non-aggravating (or bland) foods, and getting some good, old-fashioned rest can help with the disease.

Chickenpox in healthy children usually does not require treatment. Antihistamines, calamine lotion, cool oatmeal baths and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are used to treat the symptoms and reduce itching. If you or your child are having worsening symptoms or have additional severe health conditions, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to help shorten the duration of the illness.

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