Laxatives for Chickenpox
It’s hard to imagine your doctor telling you to take laxatives for something like chicken pox. But that’s exactly what doctors prescribed to people in Victorian times. Doctors believed they could cure the fevers from chicken pox by giving out laxatives. The chicken pox vaccine wasn’t readily available until the mid-1990s, so this was the chosen treatment for hundreds of years. You can now treat the fever alone with things like Tylenol and Ibuprofen. It’s a quick and easy way to kick that fever to the curb. Doctors during Victorian times believed laxatives such as castor oil would purge the body of the disease. In reality, it made patients stay close to the bathroom.