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How do you treat chickenpox?

Page last updated 10 December 2021

Chickenpox infection usually resolves without treatment. However, there are some ways to minimise the discomfort associated with the symptoms of infection, which may include:

  • Bed rest
  • Drinking extra fluids to stay hydrated
  • Lukewarm baths with baking soda or oatmeal added to the water
  • Creams or lotions to reduce the itching, such as calamine lotion

Check with your healthcare professional before taking any medications, as some are not recommended for chickenpox.

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. Chickenpox (varicella). Available at: (accessed 10 November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102444  Date of Preparation December 2021