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    Chickenpox: Preventing Skin Infections

    Chickenpox: Preventing Skin Infections

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    Scratching 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 fingernails.
    • Have a small child wear mittens or clean cotton socks on his or her hands to prevent scratching. Or use light bandages over open blisters.
    • Wash your child's hands often.
    • Distract your child when you find him or her scratching.

    To help prevent irritation of chickenpox blisters:

    • Use loose-fitting cotton clothing.
    • Change clothes and bedsheets daily.
    • Use a 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 Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

    Current as ofNovember 16, 2016

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