Hello dear readers! Many people believe that chickenpox is a completely harmless and easy disease. Therefore, it is not taken very seriously. However, it is wrong to think so, as chickenpox has a number of serious complications that can be life threatening.
The first symptom of such complications is vomiting. After reading the article, you will learn what this syndrome can signal and how to deal with it.
Why do such urges arise?
First of all, the appearance of vomiting and nausea suggests that the disease is severe. Often this complication occurs in adults. Sometimes the severe form can develop in children, especially if the sick person has too weak immunity.
This condition may appear immediately after the first watery pimples. Nausea, in this case, is observed during the first few days of the disease, when new pimples appear on the body. This symptom may be accompanied by other, not less uncomfortable:
- general malaise;
- high fever;
- lack of appetite;
- abdominal pain.
Chickenpox can flow without temperature. Does nausea happen? It may well be. What to do if a sick child has gagging urge? Read the answer in the next paragraph.
If a child or an adult who has smallpox suddenly has a strong emetic urge, you should immediately call a doctor. Constant cuddling with a basin is not a standard symptom of smallpox and speaks of an atypical course of the disease.
There is no need to consult a specialist who carefully assesses the patient’s condition and determines the cause of the complication.
The doctor may recommend:
- symptomatic treatment – taking antiemetic drugs;
- hospitalization (if the patient’s condition is critical);
- preparations to restore the intestinal microflora (if nausea is caused by taking antihistamine or antiviral medications).
In this case, you just try to alleviate the condition of the sick. It is strictly forbidden to give any medicines in case of unpleasant urge and diarrhea in a chicken pox patient.
How to alleviate the condition of the sick, waiting for the doctor?
Waiting for the doctor, you can take the following actions to alleviate the patient’s condition:
- Soothe the sick, prevent panic and apathy. Stress in this situation is contraindicated, as they can worsen the condition. The patient should be washed with cool water if he has become hysterical, and offer him a soothing tea, for example, chamomile. By the way, chamomile relieve itchy rash that jumped on the mucous membranes in the mouth.
- Give the patient cold water. You need to drink it in small sips. In the water, you can add a few drops of lemon juice. It also prevents gagging and has a positive effect on a watery rash – accelerates the healing process.
- Lay the patient on his side. Why do this? Reducing nausea such action does not help, but will be able to prevent trouble. The fact is that if the patient, lying on his back, starts suddenly to vomit, then he may choke. But on the side of this will not happen.
If the doctor decides on hospitalization, then you should not refuse. By the way, nausea can appear as a signal of virus penetration into the body. In this case, it will quickly pass and does not signal complications.
Doctor Komarovsky’s advice about patient care
The famous Ukrainian pediatrician Komarovsky has his own opinion regarding patient care. He believes that having chickenpox is better for children under the age of 12 years. Older children suffer the disease more difficult.
Is chickenpox in adulthood possible according to Komarovsky? Possible, but not very desirable.
In order to prevent complications, Komarovsky recommends proper care and treatment of the patient. There is nothing complicated about it.
If a child is sick, then any loving mother should perform the following ritual every morning:
- inspect carefully the skin of the diseased for the presence of new elements of the rash;
- process each watery pimple with a dotted green paint or other antiseptic;
- lubricate with green paint new elements of the rash, as this will help control the course of the disease and determine when the patient will recover.
Sooner or later the moment will come when there will be nothing to gloss over, since new watery pimples will cease to appear. If, up to this point, the sufferer did not have sudden emetic urges, nausea, diarrhea, and other similar symptoms, it means that they will not appear.
What other complications may occur?
There is a huge list of complications that chickenpox sometimes provokes. And believe me, the vomiting in this list is not the worst. Here are the main and most frequent complications:
- chickenpox pneumonia (susceptible people who are immunocompromised and pregnant);
- loss of vision (occurs when the virus enters the cornea);
- inflammation of the joints and arthritis (a temporary phenomenon that passes immediately after the rash disappears);
- optic neuritis (can cause complete loss of vision);
- meningitis (nausea – one of the main symptoms of this complication);
- acute stomatitis (ulcers on the mucous membranes in the mouth);
- chickenpox or laryngitis (cough, sore throat, nausea – this is often associated with this complication).
This concludes the article. Remember, to prevent complications of a viral disease, you need to properly and promptly treated. Be sure to contact the doctors after detecting the first symptoms of chicken pox and follow all the recommendations, and do not engage in self-treatment!
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Article author: Anna Derbeneva (dermatologist)
Publication date: 05-25-2016