Even the NHS advises against the particular pain relief. It states: “Do not use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by a doctor, as it may cause serious skin infections.”
In fact, several studies have shown that ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can exacerbate the symptoms.
For example, The British Medical Journal reports that the use of NSAIDs can lead to necrotising fasciitis in those with chicken pox.
Dubbed as the “flesh-eating disease”, necrotising fasciitis describes a serious bacterial infection that affects the tissue beneath your skin and surrounding muscles and organs.