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Measles (Rubeola)- Symptoms And Treatment

Measles, known to doctors as rubeola, is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory tract, eyes, and skin. Although it is typically a childhood disease, adults are also susceptible. Measles is very contagious and is easily spread through the nose, mouth, or throat; secretions on articles or surfaces; or by coughing and sneezing.

Illness usually sets in between seven and fourteen days after exposure to the virus. The first symptoms include fever (temperature of 103°F or higher), cough, sneezing, runny nose, and red eyes that may be sensitive to light. Several days later, Koplik's spots (tiny red spots with white centers) appear in the mouth and throat, the throat becomes sore, and a raised red rash erupts on the forehead and ears. Over a period of five to seven days, the rash spreads to all parts of the body. In previously healthy children, measles usually runs its course in about ten days. However, it can be followed by a number of complications, some of them potentially serious. These include middle ear infection (especially in children with a history of repeated ear infections), bronchitis, croup, pneumonia, strep throat, and even, in rare cases, encephalitis or meningitis. Adults who develop measles tend to suffer more serious cases of the disease than children do.

Information on the symptoms of measles

Measles is a respiratory infection caused by the measles virus. Before immunization was available, measles occurred in springtime epidemics, usually in cycles of 2 or 3 years. Common signs and symptoms of measles are:-

  • sore throat
  • fever
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • bloodshot eyes
  • itching of the rash

Vitamins and nutrients for measles

Suggested dosage
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 500 mg every 2 hours until improvement is noted, up to 3,000-10,000 mg daily
Destroys the virus and eliminates toxins. For children, use sodium ascorbate form to lessen diarrhea.
Raw thymus glandular 500 mg twice daily. Stimulates the immune system.

Calcium and magnesium

As directed on label Needed for tissue repair.
Vitamin E 200-500 IU daily. For children, do not exceed 2001U. Neutralizes harmful free radicals, which can destroy cell membranes. Use d-alpha- tocopherol form.

Herbs for measles treatment

  • Catnip tea or garlic enemas can be used to help to lower fever if necessary.
  • To alleviate itching, place 112 cup of baking soda in a bath tubful of lukewarm water and soak in the bath until the itching decreases. Gently applying witch hazel to the affected area also will help to ease the discomfort and itching associated with the rash.
  • Lobelia extract helps to relieve pain. Take 112 teaspoon of lobelia extract every four to five hours. Caution: Do not take lobelia internally on an ongoing basis.
  • Spirulina is helpful for bolstering the immune system and can help slow replication of the virus.
  • To help relieve coughing, mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons honey with 1/4 cup water. Take as needed.
Considerations and prevention tips
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, juices, herbal teas, and vegetable broths.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Short-term, high doses of vitamin A have been used to lessen the severity and complications of measles. Since high doses of vitamin A can be toxic, high dosages of this vitamin should be taken only for brief periods (two weeks or less) and should be monitored very carefully.
  • Routine immunization is highly effective in the prevention of measles. Unimmunized or under-immunized people are at high risk.
  • Rest until the rash and fever have disappeared.
  • Antibiotics are useless against viruses, so they are not called for unless complications occur.
  • Keep the lights dim. Do not read or watch television while your eyes are sensitive to light.

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