The Use Of Powder When Experiencing Chicken Pox?
Assalamuallaikum doctor … I want to ask, if when we are exposed to chicken pox, can we use powder containing calamine, and whether the powder may be used on the face? Yesterday I had had time to get treatment, and was given the ointment acyclovir, am I safe to use the ointment on the face?
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One of the symptoms that is very disturbing when someone is exposed to chickenpox is itching. Lotion or powder containing calamine can help relieve this itching so it is recommended to be used as an itch reliever for chickenpox sufferers (lotion is more recommended). Powder may be used on the face, but you must be very careful when using powder in the face area so that the powder is not inhaled into the nose or mouth and does not enter the eyes (using calamine lotion will be safer). Sprinkle the powder in the hands first and apply slowly to the cheek or forehead area (not near the nose, mouth, or eyes).
If your doctor has prescribed an acyclovir ointment, then you can use acyclovir ointment. You can apply it to chickenpox lesions, including those on the face. Acyclovir and calamine ointments have different functions, so you can use both of them. Note that if you use calamine in powder form, you should not use it together. Apply the ointment first, after the ointment is absorbed and dries then you apply the powder.
Here is a more complete article that you can read about chicken pox
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