A warning posted on Facebook by an English mother about treating chicken pox has been shared more than 350,000 times.
Hayley Lyons posted pictures showing what happened when her son Lewis was treated with ibuprofen when he had the infection in 2015.
“Chickenpox is going round again, can I please remind people not to give to your children Neurofen/ibuprofen,” Hayley’s post read, according to Metro.
Lewis was given the medication by a doctor at an after-hours clinic. She later had to take her son to a children's hospital as his condition deteriorated.
“This type of medicine is an anti-inflammatory, it reacts with chicken pox making them go deeper into the skin tissue. It was only when we took Lewis to [children's hospital] Alder Hey because the doctors from our hospital kept sending him home saying it was ‘just chicken pox’ we found this out. He ended up with [septicemia] and was admitted straight to Alder Hey as soon as we arrived there,” she added, according to the Manchester Evening News.
“Only because we persevered and took Lewis to a children’s hospital off our own back was he ok. This could have ended up so much worse if it wasn’t for those doctors at Alder Hey and their advice, care and knowledge,” she wrote.
Lewis made a full recovery after treatment, and only has a few scars to remind him of the incident.
“It does actually state on the nurofen website not to take this medicine with chicken pox. But when our doctors prescribe it, who are we to question it?” Hayley asked.
Pediatrician Dr. Stephanie Smith explained new research was taking place on the issue.
“There’s a recognition that ibuprofen has a link with skin reactions in children with chicken pox,” Smith told Metro.
This is reflected in advice provided to medical professionals via the U.S. National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus website.
“Do NOT give aspirin or ibuprofen to someone who may have chickenpox. Use of aspirin has been associated with a serious condition called Reyes syndrome. Ibuprofen has been associated with more severe secondary infections,” the website states, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Hayley told the Manchester Evening News her son had chicken pox 10 months ago, but added the pictures were too “horrific” to share at the time.
“My friend’s daughter has chickenpox so when I saw that it was going round again I decided to share these photos of Lewis among family and friends. I didn’t expect the response to be as big as this,” she added.