- If you have a fever, your doctor may recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- If you appear dehydrated and are unable to drink fluids, your doctor may recommend IV fluids either in an
emergency room or as a hospitalized patient.
- Secondary bacterial skin infections may be treated with antibiotics. Because a virus causes chickenpox, no antibiotic can cure the disease.
For people who have severe infections, an antiviral agent called acyclovir (Zovirax) has been
shown to shorten the duration and severity of symptoms if given soon after the
onset of the rash. Acyclovir may be given by mouth or by IV to help people at risk for severe infection.
Neonatal VZV infection may be treated with VZIG (varicella zoster immune globulin) -- a form of highly concentrated anti-VZV gamma globulin. The only product manufacturer of VZIG has ceased production, but an alternative product, VariZIG, is available on a research protocol.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/13/2014
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