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How do you treat chickenpox?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

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
  • Wearing mittens to prevent scratching
  • Avoiding salty or citrus foods.

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

Sources & Citations

4. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Chickenpox. Available at: (accessed 20 May 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0139(1)a - Date of preparation February 2020