Childhood Diseases

Posted by: motlatsi | 2007/04/12


how itchy should varicella be?

Hi doc my 4 yr old is exceedingly itchy from her pox particularly during the nite. It seems to ease as she gets up and goes about her day. At nite she scratches herself raw. I try to cover her but she pulls off everything as she seems to need direct access to her skin to scratch effectively. She also pulls off gloves during her sleep. She got about 2 hours proper sleep last nite, myself maybe 45 minutes. I have cut her nails very short.

The first blister appeared on Monday so I was hoping for relief by now or is this still the very itchy stage?

We are using calamine, some paracetamol and some allergy medication for kids which was prescribed. I think it has anti-histamine effects.

What else can I do to ease her discomfort? the blisters/sores are all on her upper body, legs hardly affected. Many who look at her say it is a mild case of the pox and I somewhat agree as her face is largely clear. But the sores which are there are causing her great discomfort, what can I do?


Expert's Reply



The very itchy stage only lasts for 2 to 3 days normally. The itching is very severe. Calamine is the best and safest treatment and continue with paracetamol as you have been doing.

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