Health Tip: Coping With Chickenpox

Easing itch and discomfort

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(HealthDay News) -- What can you do if you get chickenpox -- besides scratch?

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

  • Keep the room cool, as heat can make itchy skin worse. Put a cool, damp compress on the itchiest spots.
  • Keep fingernails trimmed short so you don't break the skin if you do scratch.
  • Soak in a lukewarm oatmeal bath.
  • Apply calamine lotion.

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