Virasoothe Review: Chickenpox Relief Gel
Earlier in the year Sophie got the dreaded chickenpox.
Chickenpox is a common illness that mainly affects children. After the initial exposure to the virus, it takes between 10-21 days for symptoms to appear.
Chickenpox starts with red spots, appearing anywhere on the body. The spots fill with fluid & the blisters then burst. This is when they start to scab over & form a crust. The crusts gradually fall off by themselves over the following weeks. Chickenpox is contagious until all the spots have scabbed over.
For Sophie, it started with her seeming generally unwell & having a high fever for a couple of days. A couple of tiny spots appeared on her chest. She has had many viral rashes in the past so I thought nothing of it. During one nappy change, however, I noticed a VERY sore spot & initially thought it was a blister. With a doctor’s appointment booked for the following day, we sent her off to bed with some nappy cream on.
Well… the next morning there was absolutely no doubt the poor little thing had the dreaded chickenpox! She was covered – her face, chest & nappy area were the worst affected areas.
Fortunately both myself & my husband have had chickenpox so were in the clear. However, little Charlie was only 8 weeks old at the time so I was really worried he would catch it. Luckily he must have still had some immunity from me as he was fine!
Care+ Virasoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel
Leaving Sophie at home dosed up on Calpol, I headed off to the pharmacy to get some chickenpox remedies. Sophie’s spots were clearly starting to irritate her, however allowing her to scratch them causes breaks in the skin. This leaves them vulnerable to infection.
I remember as a child being smothered in Calamine Lotion. I picked up a bottle & put a generous amount on Sophie’s skin. It helped slightly, but I just felt like it wasn’t enough on its own. I was worried some of the angrier looking spots would scar & the lotion just wasn’t cutting through the itchiness.
Heading back to the pharmacy, I was recommended Care + Virasoothe Chicken Pox Relief Cooling Gel. Described as providing…
“…cooling and soothing relief to the affected areas, reducing the urge to scratch. Contains OSMO Care, a unique patented technology that has been clinically proven to relieve the irritating symptoms of chickenpox by cooling the skin and thereby relieving itching…”
…we thought it sounded exactly what we needed to deal with her unpleasant symptoms. I brought the ViraSoothe gel, retailing at £5.73 for 50g. There is also a Spray Gel available which retails at £8.43 for 75g.
Once home, using clean hands, we massaged the gel into Sophie’s skin, ensuring we covered all the spots. And seriously…this stuff is amazing. The gel pretty much immediately gave her relief from the itching. The redness certainly lessened & also cooled her skin as claimed. Sophie was much happier.
Apparently the Virasoothe gel works by breaking the ITCH-SCRATCH-INFECTION cycle & protects the skin’s environment. This allows the spots to heal naturally & therefore reduce scarring. Weeks later I can confirm that she has been left with no scars at all!
We were very impressed with the gel! It can be used all over the face & body (obviously avoiding the eyes) & gave Sophie some much-needed relief. It isn’t messy & can be used on children aged 6 months plus. We typically applied the gel 3 times a day, however it can be used whenever relief is needed.
From our experience, it is as close to a miracle cure for chickenpox as you can get. I highly recommend using it if you are currently experiencing the chickenpox nightmare. And if you’re not? I would get some ready in the medicine cupboard just in case! We have a tube ready for Charlie’s turn!
Care ViraSoothe Chickenpox Relief Gel is available in store in most large supermarkets, Boots, Rowlands Pharmacy and Independent Pharmacies. It is is also available to purchase online at Boots, Sainsbury’s, LloydsPharmacy & Amazon.
For more information about chickenpox & self-treatment take a look at this useful video by Dr Sarah Jarvis. There is also lots of super useful information on the Care+ Online Hub.
**We received a sample of Virasoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel in return for this Virasoothe Review