How to Treat Scars from Chickenpox | Biodermis

How to Treat Scars from Chickenpox |

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious viral infection that causes an itchy, blister-like rash that appears on the face, body, neck, arms, and legs. The blisters that form on the skin can break and bleed, triggering a wound healing response at the site. If the wound is severe enough, or if left untreated, it may form into a scar later on. The scars from chickenpox may fade on their own in some cases. However, if you are left with excessive and abnormal scarring, you may need to treat is with clinically-proven scar therapy products.

Continue reading to learn more about chickenpox and what you can do to treat the scars that sometime result.

Understanding chickenpox

Although many people think of chickenpox as a childhood illness, adults are also susceptible to this disease. In fact, chickenpox can present with more severe flu-like symptoms in adults. In addition to the rash and blisters, other symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, headache, and tiredness (malaise). Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be spread via skin-to-skin contact, saliva, or mucus of an infected person. The illness only lasts about 4-7 days. It is unlikely that a person will contract chickenpox twice in his or her life. So if you’ve had it when you were a child, you don’t have to worry about getting it as an adult. If you haven’t contracted the virus yet, you can prevent it by getting a chickenpox vaccine.

So how does one get scars from chickenpox? The rash and blisters common with chickenpox are itchy. Even minor picking or scratching can cause the blisters to break open and damage the skin. Children are more likely to scratch their skin because they cannot resist the itch and parents cannot watch over them 24/7. However, adults may scratch too without even noticing. You can tell if the blisters have opened if blood or pus is present. The best thing to do if this happens is to gently rinse it with soap and water and then cover it with a bandage. When the skin sustains damage, the body will initiate a wound healing response by producing collagen and other cells to repair the skin. As long as the wound doesn’t become infected and the wound healing process isn’t obstructed through further damage, it should heal nicely. In some cases, however, noticeable scarring can result.

Silicone gel for scars

Scars that result from chickenpox are usually minor, but if they develop on the face, neck or other exposed area of the skin, they will be noticeable. When looking for ways to help your scars fade, only products that are approved by doctors should be used. Silicone gel technology is the only clinically-proven topical solution for the prevention and treatment of scars. Silicone gel works through the mechanisms of dermal hydration and collagen regulation. Wounds are known for causing the skin to lose moisture because the normal occlusion properties of the skin are disrupted. Silicone gel allows the user to induce much needed moisture at the scar bed. This in turn signals fibroblasts to scale back their production of collagen, thus flattening and reducing the appearance of scars. Medical silicone gel is safe for children and can be purchased through your physician or online at

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