Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster Virus)
Photomicrograph of VZV
Immune Cells Involved in Immune Response
How Virus Replicates
There are a few things that you can do at home to help relieve the symptoms. Calamine lotion and colloidal oatmeal baths can help relieve some of the itching, keeping fingernails trimmed short may help prevent skin infections caused by scratching blisters, and finally, using non-aspirin medications, such as acetaminophen, to relieve fever from chickenpox. As you can see, there is no medicine that can actually cure you of the virus, just lessen the symptoms.