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Chickenpox: Preventing Skin Infections

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Chickenpox: Preventing Skin Infections

Overview

Scratching chickenpox blisters can lead to skin infections, not to mention scarring. In rare cases, infected chickenpox lesions can lead to toxic shock syndrome.

Here are some tips to help prevent skin infections.

  • Clean and closely trim your child's fingernails.
  • Have a small child wear mittens or clean cotton socks on his or her hands to prevent scratching.

    Or use light bandages over open blisters.

  • Wash your child's hands often.
  • Distract your child when you find him or her scratching.
  • Use loose-fitting cotton clothing.
  • Change clothes and bedsheets daily.
  • Use a household cleaner such as Lysol or Pine-Sol to wash any items that are soiled with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
  • Bathe daily with a soothing, mild soap.

    Look for soaps that are made for sensitive skin or are recommended for babies. You can also try a soap that contains oatmeal.

  • Use a mild laundry detergent if clothes or linens seem to be irritating the skin.

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Current as of: June 13, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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