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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: | 2018/10/23

Q.

Chicken pox blisters

Hi doctor, my 17 months old developed chicken pox. I have been using calamine lotion on him and monitoring his body temperature. It looks like all blisters have crusted, can I continue to put calamine lotion on them even if they have crusted? And also is it still contagious at this stage? What can I do to prevent the disease on my other babies and the whole family. Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/10/23

Chicken pox is highly infectious and there is no simple prevention other than giving a special immune globulin to vulnerable members of your family especially babies under 6 months. Speak to your paediatrician about this. Hand washing is essential especially after you have touched your son who has chicken pox. The disease only becomes non- infectious when the blisters scab and fall off. You do not need to apply calamine lotion to his chicken pox any more at this stage.

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