Does Sunlight Cause Problems With Chickenpox?

Does Sunlight Cause Problems With Chickenpox?

I've heard that kids with chickenpox shouldn't be exposed to sunlight. Is this true, and if so, why?
- Angie

It's wise to avoid the sun during a chickenpox infection and also soon after because the skin is more susceptible to being burned. And sun exposure may increase the risk of scarring.

Heat and sweating (often caused by spending too much time in the sun) will make the pox itch more. If this is a problem, putting cold, wet washcloths on the affected areas should bring your child some relief.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: February 2012





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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