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Definition of Chicken Pox (Laghu Masurika)
Laghu masurika is a viral disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is also known as the human herpes virus 3. This disease appears as rash or blisters on the skin that lasts for about one or two weeks. The rashes are red and itchy. Their sizes also vary from one person to another. Most times, chicken pox is accompanied by symptoms of common cold like a runny nose, watery eyes, etc.

A person who has once got chicken pox cannot get it again in his or her lifetime. However, the varicella zoster virus remains permanently inside the body once it enters it. It can cause zoster or shingles in the person in later years.

Causes of Chicken Pox (Laghu Masurika)
Some people are more vulnerable to chicken pox than others. The following people are included in this category:-

·         People with sensitive skins that rash easily can get chicken pox.
·         Almost all children can get chicken pox before they enter into adulthood.
·         Poor immune system
·         Some infants get chicken pox when they are weaned from breast milk and formula is started.
·         People who are in contact with other chicken pox patients have a much higher chance of getting the disease themselves.

Prevention of Chicken Pox (Laghu Masurika)
Vaccination is the surest way to prevent chicken pox . Apart from that, if a person is not vaccinated, then the following must be done to prevent infection during an epidemic of chicken pox:-
  • Avoid using public bathrooms and urinals.
  • Avoid all types of contact with affected people, even talking with them.
  • Get a vaccination done immediately at the nearest healthcare center

Ayurvedic Treatment for Chicken Pox (Laghu Masurika)

Indians use Neem in different ways during the entire treatment of chicken pox.
  • A paste of the neem leaves is made and is directly applied to the skin of the person.
  • Neem fronds are hung around the bed of the patient.
  • The person is fanned with neem fronds.
  • After the scabs have cleared off (i.e. chicken pox is cured), the person is given a bath in hot water with neem leaves soaked in it.

Each of these treatments is very significant. The following qualities of neem amply illustrate how effective it is in warding off chicken pox:-
  • Neem has antiviral properties and hence combats the varicella zoster virus.
  • Neem quickens the drying of the fluid in the blisters.
  • Neem reduces the itchy and scratchy sensation that the chicken pox blisters cause.
  • The bath in neem soaked water after the chicken pox has been cured promotes the recuperation process and eliminates the scars.
  • Neem also retards the fever that may develop during the final stages of chicken pox.
  • Neem is a very harmful herb for children. It is mainly children who contract chicken pox.

Some other commonly used remedies for chicken pox are:-
  • Vitamin E Oil: When applied, the scars disappear quickly.
  • Indian Aloevera- It helps in curing the problems of the vata dosha. It makes the skin look zestful again once the chickenpox has been cured.
  • Honey: Pure honey when applied on blisters, can help heal the scars within three days.
  • Brown Vinegar: One-half cup of brown vinegar mixed in bath water helps sooth the itch, and comforts the skin.
  • Baking soda and water: Mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Then, sponge this on the infected person. When this dries it decreases the itching and irritation
  • Green Pea Water: Water in which green peas have been soaked is effective in reducing the itchy sensation. Sponge this water on the skin. This also helps aid in the disappearance of the scars.
  • Oatmeal Bath: Two cups of oatmeal and two liters of water are boiled together for 15 minutes. Put this cooked oatmeal mixture into a cloth cotton bag, and dip it into the bathtub. The child can play around in the tub, as the oatmeal seeps through the cloth, leaving a comforting film in the bath water. This helps sooth the skin and heals the scars.
  • Herbal Tea: Chamomile, basil, cinnamon, honey, and lemon are some of the ingredients in a sedative tea that can help the infected person relax at night.
  • Carrot and Coriander: 100 grams of carrots and 60 grams of coriander should be cut into small pieces and boiled together. Drinking this juice once a day can benefit.
  • Juice Diet: ARaw fruit and vegetable juice fast can be helpful. Lemon juice is especially beneficial. The person with chicken pox should follow this diet for three days. Another option is the person can go on an all fruit and vegetable diet for a few days.
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