What is Measles?
Measles is a common childhood infection caused by the virus, morbillivirus. It is very contagious because it is most contagious before a person has a rash. Measles can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva, for example a cough or sneeze.
Measles (also called rubeola) is characterized by fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjuctivitis), and the characteristic rash. Also, tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots may occur.
The symptoms of measles generally appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected by the virus.
Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.
A person with measles can spread the virus to others for about eight days, starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days. A person is most contagious when they have a fever, runny nose, and cough.
What are the Symptoms?
- runny nose
- red, watery eyes
- 3-5 days after symptoms begin, a rash appears.
After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.
Vitamin A Supplementation
Vitamin A is a very effective treatment for measles. Vitamin A deficiency is a risk factor for measles complications. Supplementation with Vitamin A has been shown to reduce mortality, complications and prevent infection. Eating a diet rich in natural Vitamin A helps build a strong immune system that prevents measles infection and reduces the chances of measles complications.
For example, in this study: “Vitamin A for treating measles in children”
- There was a 64% reduction in the risk of mortality in children who were given two doses of 200,000 IU of vitamin A (RR=0.36; 95% CI 0.14 to 0.82) as compared to placebo.
- Two doses of water based vitamin A were associated with a 81% reduction in risk of mortality (RR=0.19; 95% CI 0.02 to 0.85) as compared to 48% seen in two doses of oil based preparation (RR=0.52; 95% CI 0.16 to 1.40).
- Vitamin A supplementation was associated with a 27% reduction in deaths from diarrhoea.
- Overall, there was a 15% decrease in diarrhoea incidence and a 50% decrease in incidence of measles.
- Vitamin A also reduces precursors to blindness.
Sources of Vitamin A:
- Cod liver oil
- Orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.
- Other sources of beta-carotene such as broccoli, spinach, and most dark green, leafy vegetables.
Dosage for Measles: 200,000 IU daily for two days under medical supervision.
Whenever you’re sick, whatever it is that you caught, rest is always best. It’s nature’s way of imposing a quarantine to prevent spreading the virus to others who may be more vulnerable than you. Many children with measles are more sensitive to light, so make sure to rest in a dimly lit room.
Get Respiratory Relief
As measles is a respiratory infection similar to influenza, you may want use a humidifier, sip tea with honey, and drink plenty of liquids for a runny nose, sneezing, cough and sore throat.
Hydration is always key with every sickness, especially those with fevers. Drink fresh organic juices such as orange and lemon and pineapple for extra vitamin c content.
Turmeric has antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of measles. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of ground turmeric in one glass of warm milk (coconut or almond or cow’s milk).
Ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate is a very important antioxidant that helps treat flu-like symptoms and helps the body repair damage. High doses of vitamin c have been shown battle many viruses including measles.
Elderberry has anti-viral properties and is an immune boost. Rich in vitamin c and antioxidants. 1/2 tsp per day.
Barley is very effective home remedy when it comes to skin irritation and itching because it is packed with minerals, Vitamin C and antioxidants. Also it is rich in zinc which can speed up the healing process. Use barley like a tea and drink multiple times per day.
A warm bath can be soothing for the skin. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath. Oatmeal, or the essential oils of lavender, german chamomile and tea tree along with milk (can be almond, hemp, cow, goat, coconut etc.) can all be added in small amounts to bathwater. A few drops of essential oil to one tablespoon of milk.