Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mesotherapy for Chicken Pox Scars

Chicken pox scars can have a devastating effect on the skin, especially if you get the disease when you are older. The scars can range from being slightly dark marks, to pitted dark craters to an orange peel effect.  The good news is that mesotherapy can help stimulate the dermis so recent scarring heals up faster and older scars lose their darkness and become less apparent.

The best-known sign of chickenpox is a red, itchy rash that breaks out on your face, scalp, chest and back, but it can spread across your entire body, even into your throat, eyes and vagina.
The chickenpox rash usually appears less than two weeks after exposure to the virus and begins as superficial spots. These spots quickly turn into small liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over. New spots continue to appear for several days and may number in the hundreds. Itching may range from mild to intense.
It starts as a fever and a headache and twenty four to thirty six hours later pimple a pear on the face and body. They are filled with fluid and look like water blisters. These eruptions continue in cycles lasting from three days to one week. The blisters and crusts are infectious and itchy and scratching them can lead to infection and scarring. Once the scabs from the chickenpox sores are gone the person is no longer infectious.

The rash may be preceded by or accompanied by:
  • Abdominal pain or loss of appetite  
  • Mild headache
  • General feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability and
  • Mild cough and runny nose the first two days of illness  

Who Can Get The Chicken Pox?

Chickenpox is highly contagious to people not immune to it and spreads quickly within child care facilities, schools and families. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the rash or by coughing or sneezing.
A person who has chickenpox can transmit the virus for up to 48 hours before the telltale rash appears and remains contagious until all spots crust over.
In otherwise healthy children, chickenpox typically requires no medical treatment. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine or topical lotion such as calamine lotion to relieve itching. But for the most part, the disease is allowed to run its course.
Doctors sometimes prescribe medications to shorten the duration of the infection and to help reduce the risk of complications. This might be an antiviral drug such as acyclovir (Zovirax) or another drug called intravenous immune globulin (IGIV). These medications may lessen the severity of the disease. 

How Mesotherapy Can Help 

Mesotherapy can be used to puncture the skin at the site of the sore to stimulate it to grow collagen. The effect of the needle therapy is the breaking down of old scar tissue so the skin looks smoother. It works well on the crater-like scars but not as well on scars where the keloid tissue is growing abnormally above the skin tissue.
The abnormal color of the scarring is reduced because the micro-needling helps the skin shed its top layer of cells so it can produce normal melanocyte. Melanocyte is a byproduct of melanin, the substance that gives our skin its color.

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