What do people recommend once the spots have scabbed over? My son is covered in big scabs. Do I let them dry up and fall off or do I keep them moist with poxclin or virasoothe or something else? Very worried about scarring as he has them all over his face.
I don't know what is recommended but my DD found the scab stage itchy so I continued with poxclin to soothe the itch. She had a terrible case of chicken pox and unfortunately has been left with scarring to her face, however over the past month I've noticed a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the scars so they do heal with time.
I used virasoothe and I continued to use it once a day I think even after the scabs had formed. I figured if they got too dry they would itch more. Neither DD nor DS has any scars at all, and DS had it really badly on his face. We may just have been lucky though, not sure if that's definitely the best thing to do. Hope your son is better soon.
I wish I’d used calamine lotion as per my mum one. I have no scars. My daughter I used poxclin, it was rubbish and she has qiluite a lot of scars although they have faded significantly over 3 years. I suspect calamine dries them out and shrinks them
Both of mine were covered in massive scabs from head to toe and the only scar left between them is one on DS1's back. He's 5yo and had it when he was 10mo. Scar-free DS2 is three and had it earlier this year.
Oh, and I did nothing special, BTW. Piriton at night is definitely the best way to keep the itch at bay. I think I only bothered with poxclin for a night or two because I didn't think it was making a bit of difference.