All About Small Pox, Types, Symptoms and Herbal Treatment

Small pox is a highly infectious viral disease caused two viruses, Variola major and Variola minor. A single contact with a person infected by smallpox is enough to contract the disease. Usually, the agents of spreading the viral disease are shared objects. Smallpox begin life in the body by attacking skin cells; the first sign that they have infested the body’s system is the pimples seen all over; in less than 48 hours the pimples translate into skin rashes first appearing on the forehead and later spreading to other parts of the body.

 Small pox types, causes and treatment

Symptoms of Small Pox

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Skin rash
  • Fluid filled blisters with scab all over


Types of Smallpox

From the point of the appearing of the rash, smallpox can manifest in any of the following levels of severity


  • Ordinary

Ordinary small pox is characterized by the quick transition of the glaring skin effects of the viral attack. The progression goes in the order of the rash macules translating into raised papules; in less than three days, the papules becomes filled and transform into vesicles; within 24-28 hours all fluids in vesicles transform into pustules fluids. Within 7 to 10 days of the infection, the skin is covered with matured postules. From here, the pustules deflate, dry up and form crusts which later flake off to form depigmented scars.


  • Modified

This type of small pox is not as severe as the ordinary type. Though also rapid in development, it is void of the fever symptoms of ordinary small pox and characteised by fewer and dissimilar skin rash pattern. This type of small pox is common among folks who have had antiviral vaccination in the past.


  • Malignant

This is a type of small pox common amongst children. The distinctive feature of a malignant small pox is the very flat and flush lesions that appear on the skin. However, it comes with more severe onset symptoms including severe high fever and toxemia, wide spread rash on the tongue and palate. Malignant small pox comes with skin lesions that have long maturity periods with vesicles containing haemorrhage and little fluids.


  • Hemorrhagic

Hemorrhagic smallpox is a deadly viral infection common to adults; its virulence lies in the fact that many of its symptoms are internal, below the skin surface. Visible lesions only begin to appear at the climax of the infection. Hemorrhagic smallpox causes bleeding under the skin and sub-conjuctival bleeding in the eyes; much more than these, Hemorrhagic smallpox affects other internal organs including the liver, kidney, testes, ovary, bladder and muscle. This makes it one type of fatal smallpox that leads to death within a short time.


Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Smallpox

 As deadly as smallpox is, just knowing some natural treatment remedies you can apply would help you successfully wade through that stormy period of your health. Here are five quick therapies you can apply.

1. Lavender AromatherapyLavender aromatherapy for small pox

Lavender essential oil contains moisturizing agents that gives you a soothing relief from the itching of your skin. meanwhile, one grand rule here is that you do not scratch as the rash itches, because the more you scratch, the more rash pimples burst open to release fluids which plants more of the smallpox virus along the path it flows on your skin. A regular application of lavender oil on your skin surface makes it penetrate deep into sub-layers to heal up depigmented wounds and scars left by smallpox pustules.


2. Keep Your Body HydratedDrink lots of water in smallpox

As a result of vomiting, one of the symptoms of smallpox, your body loses electrolyte and losses fluid, yet these elements are needed by your body to cope with the wear and tear small pox is doing to your system. You may not be able to eat much but your system would still permit taking plenty of water and natural fruit juices. Both are great ways of maintaining body hydration.


3. Eat Foods Rich in Vitamins and AntioxidantsFoods rich in vitamins in small pox

Make sure the little food your system permit at this time is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help fight off the virus. Veggies and fruits are great sources of these. You are not so likely to stir the feeling of nausea and vomiting when you consume fruits and veggies as they contain bland nutrients.




4. Apply Topical TreatmentsTopical ointments for smallpox

Several natural products can be made into lotion and applied directly on the skin to reduce inflammation and fight antiviral infection. Calamine lotion is one, pure natural honey is another. You can also use aloe vera gel. Just applying either with a soft cloth or cotton on the surface of pustules or blisters and allowing to dry up helps prevents further deterioration of skin conditions and brings healing.


5. Take Natural Antiviral SupplementsAntiviral herbs for smallpox

Natural herbs from asparagus roots, lemon grass, turmeric and garlic are rich antiviral sources that can help fight the variola virus.

Its deadly but its almost inevitable having it at least once in your lifetime whether as a child or an adult. If you have had it before, its good that you came out of it strong but you still need to prevent a recurrence of the infection. If you have never had it before, it is good for you as well to arm yourself with the knowledge of these natural remedies, so that when you do have it, you have a rich store of effective natural solutions to draw from.





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