Difference Between Chickenpox, Mumps and Measles and Home Treatments For Them

Chickenpox, measles and mumps are different and you need to treat them differently. Know how to treat them at home.

Gandharv Gulati
Home RemediesWritten by: Gandharv GulatiPublished at: Jun 14, 2020Updated at: Jun 14, 2020
Difference Between Chickenpox, Mumps and Measles and Home Treatments For Them

Do you think chickenpox, measles and mumps are the same? You’re not alone. Many people do not find these to be different from one another. Just because these conditions are contagious and cause red bumps & blisters on the skin doesn’t mean they are all the same. These are three different skin conditions with different causes and treatments, of course. You cannot treat chickenpox with measles medication and vice versa. To know the difference between them along with natural home treatments, you need to read this article till the end.

Chickenpox Vs. Mumps Vs. Measles

Chicken Pox

This is a disease that weakens the skin as well as the physical strength of the body. It attacks the immunity due to which you tend to suffer from extreme weakness, fatigue, etc. However, it is known for or is identified by the pus-carrying blisters that gradually increase in size and remain for almost 2 weeks. Also, they do leave behind chickenpox pox scars which takes time to lighten. 


Mumps is basically a viral infection which is caused in the salivary gland. It inflates the gland thereby making your jaw look swollen. In some cases, the inflammation is visible while in some cases it is very light to come into notice. The other symptoms of mumps are fever, headache, swollen cheeks, muscle ache, etc. This condition is contagious and therefore a person identified with mumps should avoid contact with other people.

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Measles is a highly contagious disease which is caused by a virus attack. Apart from causing red bumps and blisters, it also causes high fever, coughing, sneezing, red watery eyes, runny nose, ear pain and diarrhea(in severe cases). One should avoid coming in close contact with other people or else the virus may transmit to their bodies.

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Home Remedies for Chickenpox

  • Chickenpox causes dehydration and therefore the person must consume a lot of fluids. Also, he/she should avoid spicy and oily food which trigger dehydration.
  • Consume soft and plain foods
  • The blisters may itch, apply calamine lotion to soothe them. Use a cotton pad to apply the lotion to prevent skin infection.
  • Take baking soda or oatmeal or chamomile bath to soothe the skin and ease skin irritation. However, it is better to consult a doctor before doing so.
  • Keep neem leaves around you for a speedy recovery. Also, add neem leaves in your bathing water for better results.

Home Remedies for Mumps

  • Rub aloe vera gel on the mumps to soothe pain and inflammation.
  • Make a thick paste of dry ginger powder and water. Applying this on the skin helps in reducing swelling.
  • Try cold or warm compress to reduce swelling caused by mumps. 
  • If you have a fever, take proper rest.
  • Make a paste of neem leaves or neem powder and apply it on the swollen part to get relief.

Home Remedies for Measles

  • Mix turmeric powder and tamarind in equal proportions to form a thick paste. Apply this on the measles.
  • Consume raw garlic cloves or garlic powder with some honey. This helps in faster healing.
  • Consuming lemon juice is found to be great in treating measles at home. 
  • Consume liquorice powder with water to relieve measles.

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