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Treatments for Chickenpox

In most children, chickenpox is mild and will naturally go away on its own. In these cases, treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms.

Treatment may involve the following:

MedicationsOther treatments

There are no surgical options for the treatment of chickenpox.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: David Horn, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2014 -
  • Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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  • Ratner AJ. Varicella-related hospitalizations in the vaccine era. Pediatr Infect Dis J . 2002;(10):927-931.