Chickenpox, also known as Varicella, is a contagious disease marked by tingling raches and a fever. It can spread like a flame among people who’ve never had it before, and it causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Chickenpox can lay dormant in your body for anywhere from a week to a month before the symptoms manifest, after which you become contagious to others. The good news is that there are a lot of common home remedies that you can use to treat it, one of which is guava leaves. Keep reading to learn more.
Do you have Chickenpox?
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If you have the condition, but it hasn’t developed into a rash yet, you may experience:
- Loss of appetite
1 to 2 days after this, the classic rash will begin to appear. The rashes go through 3 phases before you recover:
- Pinkish or reddish bumps on the whole body
- The bumps swell with a liquid that leaks out
- The bumps become scabbed over, get crusty and start to heal.
The bumps may not all follow the same life cycle; new bumps will gradually appear throughout the span of the virus. Until all of the bumps have scabbed over, you are still infections, so wait until the crusty flake fall off before considering yourself safe. This can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
What Causes Chickenpox?
The Varicella-Zoster Virus, also known as VZV, causes the chickenpox infection. Most cases happen through contact with a contaminated person, and the virus is communicable for 1-2 days before the swelling starts until all the bumps have scabbed over. Germs can spread through:
- Contact with fluid from the bumps
How Does Chickenpox Develop?
The Varicella virus can develop very easily by inhaling the same air as a contaminated patient or simply through physical contact. A contaminated person is contagious from 1-2 days before the rash begins until the rash has scabbed over, and even those with the vaccine can still be carriers. Aside from being highly infections, this virus can also cause a lot of irritation. Home remedies will give you relief from symptoms and improve your overall condition.
Home Remedies for the Chickenpox
You should drink 2-3 cups of guava tea each day. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Honey, for taste
- 2 cups of water
- 10-12 fresh guava leaves
- Boil the guava leaves for 10-15 minutes
- Strain the fluid and add honey to taste
- Drink the herbaceous tea while it is lukewarm
How Guava Leaves Work
Guava leaves are frequently used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to treat skin irritations and infections. They are rich in nutrients like vitamin C and also have antimicrobial properties. The leaves reduce varicella rashes, while the vitamin C reduces your chances of scarring. Guava leaves also have anti-allergic properties, which keep your body from producing histamines and thus help treat atopic dermatitis.
In addition to treating chickenpoc, guava leaves have long been used to reduce inflammation and itchiness. They have properties that not only kill bacteria but also lighten up blemishes.
How to Prepare Guava Tea
First, get some guava leaves. If you are using them to help treat atopic dermatitis, be sure to get some dried leaves. Now, cut these leaves into small pieces and add them to a pot of boiling water, letting them boil until the water turns brown and look concentrated. Let the guava juice cool, and, using a clean cotton ball, dab it onto the affected area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash the area with clean water. If you do this 2 times per week, you will both relieve and prevent any itching or redness that may be caused by chickenpox or just your everyday life.
If you are suffering from hypoglycemia, do not drink guava tea because it lowers your blood sugar. Those suffering from heart conditions should also seek an alternative method of treating their chickenpox.