Management of Chicken Pox

Medical management of chicken pox is directed towards reducing the risks of complications, since the disease is essentially self-limited. Acyclovir is the preferred medication for the treatment of Chicken Pox (also for Herpes Zoster). The therapy should begin within 24 hours of the onset of the rash. Bathing, taking astringent soaks, and cutting fingernails to avoid secondary bacterial infection are very important hygienic measures in chicken pox management. To reduce fever, acetaminophen can be given.