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. Also, 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: May 2015
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC (the national public health institute of the United States) promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.|
|American Academy of Dermatology Provides up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.|
|Immunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.|
|The History of Vaccines The History of Vaccines is an informational, educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional society in the United States.|
|First Aid: Chickenpox 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.|
|Taking Care of Your Skin What does your skin ask for in return for all the wonderful things it does? Just a little care and consideration, so learn more about taking care of your skin by reading our article for kids.|
|Chickenpox It's most common in kids under age 12, but anyone can get chickenpox. The good news is that a vaccine can prevent most cases.|
|How to Be Safe When You're in the Sun It's fun to be outside on a hot, sunny day. But too much sun and heat can make you feel terrible. Find out how to stay safe in this article for kids.|
|What Makes Chickenpox Itch? Chickenpox can make you itch like crazy. Find out why in this article for kids.|
|Sun Safety By teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.|
|Your Child's Immunizations: Chickenpox Vaccine Find out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.|
|Chickenpox Chickenpox is a virus that causes red, itchy bumps. Find out more in this article for kids.|
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