Can People With Chickenpox Eat Chicken Satay And Peanut Sauce?

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Good afternoon Doctor, I just want to ask a question, please answer. Actually, chicken pox is a taboo food or not?

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Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. Before we explain further, actually regardless of the presence or absence of dietary restrictions for people with chickenpox, eating or not eating something is not a cure for chickenpox. And let's say you do eat something that is taboo for chickenpox, this doesn't necessarily mean you won't recover from chickenpox. Chickenpox is a condition that will heal by itself and can be prevented by immunization.


Then back again regarding dietary restrictions, so far, sites commonly used by medical personnel to be used as references or referrals, such as mayoclinic, medscape, healthline, and webmd do not mention certain foods that should be avoided when someone has chickenpox (chickenpox in English). English). And if there's anything to avoid, it's the food you've been allergic to.


However, there are several sources that state that the varicella zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox) requires arginine content to reproduce, so foods high in arginine should be avoided, such as chocolate, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, caffeinated drinks and raisins. There are also many other foods that are recommended to be avoided such as spicy and salty foods, fatty foods, as well as milk and its derivatives such as cheese, yogurt and so on. But sources cite less evidence.


So back to what we said earlier, the focus of chickenpox is not avoiding certain foods, but going through the process until the body is able to defeat the virus itself. So if in the end you decide to limit the consumption of certain foods, what you need to understand is that it's not the restriction that causes you to heal but your own immune system.


In some people, it may be necessary to give an antiviral such as acyclovir by a doctor to speed up healing, but in fact chickenpox can heal on its own. If you want more information about chickenpox, you can click the following link to our article about chickenpox.


So, hopefully useful.


dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa

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