Loose Powder Cure Chicken Pox, Myth or Fact?

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – If you have ever heard a statement that comes from somewhere saying that talcum powder can heal chicken pox, then it needs to be noticed and advised not to just believe it.

The reason powder not curing chicken pox, but relieving the symptoms of itching on the sores all over the body. This was conveyed by Dr. Anthony Handoko, SpKK, FINSDV in a Virtual Media Briefing with Pramudia Clinic.

Content camphora on powder gives a cool feeling to the skin and reduces itching.

“The powder on the market generally contains ingredients camphora. Where the camphora will provide a cool and soothing sensation to the skin, so that when it is held the skin will feel smooth, ”said Doctor Anthony.

This cold sensation, like menthol, can cover the itching symptoms that arise and prevent people with chickenpox from scratching the sores on their bodies.

“So, actually it’s not because of the powder that makes people recover from chickenpox, but the powder only reduces the symptoms of itching,” said Anthony.

Actually loose powder is good for reducing the symptoms of itching, which makes the sufferer from scratching and minimizing scars or pockmarks.

Meanwhile, in people with shingles or Herpes Zoster, if the sores are broken and then given powder, it can actually worsen the condition of the skin. The mixture of the resilient liquid that breaks with powder, becomes a medium for fungal growth or other forms of infection.

This condition will get worse, if the sufferer does not take a shower. As a result, the healing process of both chickenpox and Herpes Zoster cannot go well. Healing will also be obtained longer.

In addition, the risk of post herpes will be even higher. So it is advisable for sufferers of shingles or Herpes Zoster to immediately see a doctor so that management of the disease can be maximized.

“Basically, a disease caused by a virus will heal by itself. Self-medication that is done can also heal but the process takes longer. So, treatment with the help of experts will be better than treatment independently, “said Anthony.

Author: Rissa Sugiarti

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