Unable to prevent chickenpox!

Publié par happy-diet mercredi 21 avril 2010

Unable to prevent chickenpox!


Difficult to get through the raging epidemic of chickenpox in kindergarten. Some tips for the disease leaves no trace.

To avoid scratching: an antihistamine can be given to prevent itching. We must above all respect the natural healing and do not rub the skin could pull the scabs. With these simple guidelines and full of common sense, most of the 600 000 cases of chickenpox annual pass without problem.

To avoid superinfection: in most cases are secondary infections caused by bacteria, streptococci and staphylococci, which use as an entry wound in the body of the child. Wash it with a non-antiseptic soap skin that kills germs that are usually on all skin types. An antiseptic, such as chlorhexidine, is then applied to each button or crust. It is colorless, so no red dots all over his body, dripping on the sheets or clothing!

Beware of fever that lasts: usually fever lasts 24 to 48 hours (to make it fall, give vore only child of paracetamol and aspirin NEVER, which can be tricky). But if it persists more than three days or if it returns, it is a first warning sign. In addition, the skin does not hurt during a chickenpox commonplace. If a button expands or becomes painful, then there is secondary infection. You need a medical opinion on the same day.

Can we escape from chickenpox?
There are two vaccines since 2004 can be immunized against the disease, but they are really only recommended for people at risk. For now, the High Council of Public Health does not recommend vaccination of children "to avoid moving varicella cases to adolescents and adults" and does not recommend replacing the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) by measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox.
As to prevent any child who may transmit the disease, the mission is almost impossible. In fact, during the 48 hours preceding the onset of buttons, the contagion is via the respiratory route, and it remains strong until the appearance of crusts, about a week later.

With the collaboration of Professor Emmanuel Grimprel, a pediatrician at the Hospital Trousseau (Paris) and member of the National Observatory of varicella.

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