For most people, chickenpox is usually mild and requires only comfort measures. Treatments to improve comfort include:
To Reduce Itching From the Rash:
To Avoid Infection From the Rash:
When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
Contact your doctor or other medical professional right away if severe complications occur. Serious symptoms associated with chickenpox that may require immediate medical attention include:
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Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD Last Updated: 3/15/2015