I've heard that kids with chickenpox shouldn't be exposed to sunlight. Is this true, and if so, why?
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
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|Immunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.|
|Chickenpox Instruction Sheet Chickenpox (varicella) has become less common in the U.S. due to the chickenpox vaccine, but it can easily spread from one person to another.|
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|Sun Safety By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.|
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