chickenpox blisters can lead to skin infections, not
to mention scarring. In rare cases, infected chickenpox lesions can lead to
toxic shock syndrome.
To keep children from scratching chickenpox blisters:
Clean and closely trim your child's
Have a small child wear mittens or clean cotton socks
on his or her hands to prevent scratching. Or use light bandages over open
Wash your child's hands often.
child when you find him or her scratching.
To help prevent irritation of chickenpox blisters:
Use loose-fitting cotton
Change clothes and bedsheets daily.
household cleaner such as Lysol or Pine-Sol to wash any items that are soiled
with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
Bathe daily with a soothing,
mild soap that contains ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, or lavender.
Look for soaps that are made for sensitive skin or are recommended for babies.
You can also try a soap that contains oatmeal.
Use a mild laundry detergent if clothes or linens seem
to be irritating the skin.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics