After experiencing the wrath of chicken pox with my daughters first hand, I decided it might be useful to share a review about all of the various products on the market.
Poxclin cool mousse – this worked a treat on my eldest daughter – provided her with some relief and her spots are healing well – the antibacterial agent, 2QR complex, prevented infection and this should reduce scarring. However… My youngest daughter had an allergic reaction to this so I would advise to proceed with caution! A patch test would be a good idea – so use some mousse on a small area of their body and leave it for a few hours to see how they respond before applying it all over and liberally as I did! She ended up in a very bad state which made the whole ordeal much more distressing for her, however if she didn’t have eczema I think the product would have worked well! It is available for purchase by clicking here!
Virasoothe cooling gel – This relieves the itching sensation by cooling the skin. It’s not easy to apply really but it is handy for use on the face as the mousse was a little bit tricky in that regard. Same thing applies – do a patch test first! This gel may reduce the risk of scarring due to soothing the irritation but it doesn’t seem to have the antibacterial properties like the poxclin so whilst it’s significantly cheaper – it’s not as good. Available here!
Calamine lotion – Cooled their skin a little but was tedious to apply.. Whilst it helped me to feel like I was doing something to relieve their pain I’m not sure it did..! It is good for the weeping spots though as it dries them up a little.
Bread soda bath – adding some bread soda the bath was helpful – but hard to say whether they were relieved by the bread soda or just the distraction of splashing each other and everyone in a 10 foot radius!
Aveeno Dermexa bath emollient – I just love this range and think the oat base moisturises their skin and promotes healing. Using porridge oats wrapped in a muslin cloth and adding to the bath would do the same trick! Available here!
Calpol turned out to be essential to keep temperatures and sore throats (they had pox in their mouths and throats) at bay! My two certainly had very bad doses but if your little one goes off their food whilst they have the chicken pox it’s probably as a result of having blisters on their mouths and on their tonsils.. Not pleasant! Avoid Ibuprofen (Nurofen) unless really necessary as it has been suggested that its use during chicken pox infection may increase the liklihood of infection of the spots. More study on the area is needed. So use a paracetamol based (Calpol) pain reliever as first choice.
I hope this is helpful to anyone trying to navigate the maze of new products coming on stream for chicken pox – overall I would recommend poxclin, but I would urge you to undertake a patch test first to avoid the pain of an allergic reaction on top of the pox!
I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!