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PoxClin™ CoolMousse Frequently Asked Questions1

 

Is chickenpox contagious?

Chickenpox is a common and extremely contagious airborne virus (varicella zoster, member of the herpes virus family) usually contracted in childhood. It spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing or by touching an infected person.

How long does chickenpox last?

Once a person has been in contact with the virus it takes about 2 to 3 weeks before symptoms appear.

Chickenpox starts with a mild fever and is characterised by an itchy, blistery rash that forms over the entire body, which then starts to crust over within a few days until they fall off.

Chickenpox blisters show up in waves. While first blisters begin to crust over, new spots might begin to appear. While the symptoms last for only a number of days, it takes about 10-14 days until all blisters have crusted over and your child is no longer contagious.

Is there a vaccination against chickenpox?

Yes, there is a chickenpox vaccine available. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Is it true that you have lifelong immunity against chickenpox if you had it as a child?

A single infection usually confers lifelong immunity against the disease. However, should a newborn / infant contract chickenpox in the first 6 months of their life, chances are high that they will contract the illness again at a later age.

Can my child go to playgroup, nursery, pre-school or school whilst having chickenpox?

If your child has contracted chickenpox, inform their playgroup, nursery, pre-school or school immediately.

Keep them home until all the blisters have crusted over and they’re no longer contagious. This normally takes 1 - 2 weeks after the first rash began.

Some playgroups, schools and such have different rules as your child may have contracted the chickenpox at their facility. Therefore coordinate with your child’s teacher in each individual case.

Can my child go to public places whilst having chickenpox?

Try to avoid public places to prevent other people from contracting the virus. The virus can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.

If your child has contracted chickenpox keep them away from public places until all the blisters have crusted over and they’re no longer contagious. This normally takes 1 to 2 weeks after the first rash began.

If you have to take your child to a public place, inform the people/parents there that your child has chickenpox and is still contagious.

Is my newborn / infant at risk after being exposed to a sibling with chickenpox?

An infection with chickenpox normally creates lifetime immunity to the disease. Newborns / infants are in most cases not susceptible to chickenpox if their mother has had chickenpox as a child. Antibodies will be passed through the placenta during pregnancy and additional antibodies through breast milk to give sufficient immunity.

This immunity however is only temporary and starts to decrease over the next few weeks to months.

Should your newborn / infant still contract chickenpox in the first 6 months of their life, chances are high that they will not develop enough antibodies and therefore may be susceptible to contract the illness again at a later stage.

Can I bath or shower my child during a chickenpox outbreak?

It is fine for your child to quickly shower or bath while having chickenpox. Some children may find that a bath in lukewarm or cold water relieves the itch. Do not bath for too long and avoid using hot water as this may worsen the itch. Pat dry your child after showering/bathing, making sure not to rub. This will prevent the blisters from getting infected and prevent crusts from falling off too early leaving scars.

Is it safe for my child to be in the sun while having chickenpox?

The skin of a child is extremely vulnerable during an infection with chickenpox. Exposure to the sun can cause further irritation so it’s best to keep your children out of direct sunlight and prevent prolonged sun exposure during chickenpox.

How does PoxClin™ CoolMousse work?

PoxClin™ CoolMousse contains the 2QR-complex, a patented bio-active bacterial blocker derived from the Aloe barbadensis plant. The 2QR-complex binds itself to harmful bacteria and blocks it from attacking the skin, thus lowering the risk of infection and supporting the skin’s natural healing process.

The 2QR-complex helps to protect and soothe irritated skin, reduces skin itchiness and improves the condition and texture of the skin. Other ingredients in PoxClin™ CoolMousse help to cool, soothe and condition the skin.

References: 

  1. PoxClin CoolMousse. Available from: http://www.poxclin.com/int/products/poxclin-coolmousse.aspx