Posts for: April, 2018
When your child breaks out all over in a blistery, itchy red rash, there’s a good chance it’s the chicken pox. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and although it’s typically a childhood disease, people who have not contracted it as a child can suffer from it in adulthood as well.
Chicken pox is highly contagious and can spread from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms of Chicken pox
Itchy red spots or blisters all over the body are telltale signs of chicken pox. It may also be accompanied by a headache, sore throat and fever. Symptoms are generally mild among children, but can cause serious complications in infants, adults and people with weakened immune systems.
The most common symptoms of chicken pox include:
- Itchy rash all over the body, including the face, on the arms and legs and inside the mouth
- Fatigue and irritability
- Feeling of general illness
- Reduced appetite
The symptoms of chicken pox may resemble other skin problems or medical conditions, so it is always important to consult your child's physician or dermatologist for proper diagnosis. If the chicken pox rash seems generalized or severe, or if the child has a high grade fever or is experiencing a headache or nausea, seek medical care right away.
The incubation period (from exposure to first appearance of symptoms) is 14 to 16 days. When the blisters crust over, they are no longer contagious and the child can return to normal activity.
Relief for Chicken Pox
It is important not to scratch the blisters as it can slow down the healing process and result in scarring. Scratching may also increase the risk of a bacterial infection. To help relieve the itching, soak in a cool or lukewarm oatmeal bath. A physician may recommend anti-itch ointments or medications, such as over-the-counter antihistamines, to control this troublesome itch.
Although about four million children get chicken pox each year, it may be preventable via a vaccine. Usually one episode of chicken pox in childhood provides lifelong immunity to the virus.
Fortunately, chicken pox is more of a nuisance than a concern. With time and extra rest, the rash will pass and the child will be good as new! Contact your dermatologist whenever you have questions or concerns about chicken pox.
Aging happens to everyone. However, the side effects of aging, like sagging facial skin, wrinkles, and fine lines, do not have to drag your self-esteem down. Thanks to dermal fillers like Juvederm, you can renew your appearance, and feel great about the way you look. Find out more about Juvederm with Dr. Linda Banta at her dermatology practice in San Antonio, TX.
What causes the skin to age?
As the skin ages, it loses elasticity and begins to wrinkle and sag. This happens to the skin naturally, but the process is exacerbated by outside elements like sun damage and lifestyle choices such as tobacco use. Exercising can improve circulation, helping to prevent aging. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, so cutting down on the amount you drink can prevent the side effects of aging as well. Keeping the skin moisturized and using a daily moisturizing cream is also a way to slow down the aging process.
What can Juvederm do for me?
Juvederm is a dermal filler which, when injected into the facial tissues, adds volume to the area, plumping the skin and providing a more youthful appearance. Juvederm works best when applied to the apples of the cheeks, lips, and fine lines and wrinkles. Juvederm itself is made from Hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and helps move nutrients to the skin to stay moisturized and soft. Juvederm also contains lidocaine, a numbing agent which minimize discomfort during the treatment process.
Juvederm Dermal Fillers in San Antonio, TX
The procedure for Juvederm is short, only about 15 minutes, and takes place right in your dermatologist’s office. You will lie on an examination table and your doctor will use a super-thin needle to inject Juvederm into the facial tissues. Most patients report feeling a pinch, but no pain during their injections. After your treatment, you may experience some redness or swelling, but there is no downtime after Juvederm sessions. Simply return to work or school after your treatment without worrying about recovery times or taking it easy. However, you may want to avoid the sun and exercising for the first 24 hours or so after your treatment.
For more information on Juvederm or other cosmetic dermatological treatments, please contact Dr. Linda Banta at her dermatology practice in San Antonio, TX. Call (210) 494-0504 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Banta today!