How are symptoms of chickenpox (varicella) treated in otherwise healthy children?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The symptoms of chickenpox in the pediatric population can be treated topically and with oral agents. Pruritus can be treated with calamine lotion or pramoxine gel; powdered oatmeal baths; or oral antihistamines.

The nucleoside analogue acyclovir (20 mg/kg PO qid for 5 d), though shown to decrease the symptoms and duration of primary varicella infection when administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms, is not commonly prescribed for otherwise healthy children. [28]


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