Measles is a highly contagious acute viral disease
This disease is marked by a characteristic rash, fever, sneezing, coughing, and lymph node tenderness. Spread primarily by airborne droplets that travel from the throat, mouth, or nose of an infected person, there are two types of measles, rubella, and rubeola. German (or three-day) measles is actually rubella. The second kind, rubeola, is sometimes called the seven-day measles. Most people have had the disease as children and have developed an immunity or have been immunized against it.
Measles is fairly well controlled in the United States because of vaccinations
it continues to be a major killer throughout the rest of the world, responsible for over one million deaths every year. Measles is an infection caused by the Rubeola virus that has been around for centuries. Before the development of the measles vaccine in 1963, measles epidemics occurred every few years, primarily affecting children, as it was so contagious. Measles is seen all over the world through the number of cases in the US has reduced dramatically after routine vaccination against the disease began in earnest.
There are two types of measles each caused by a different type of virus
The Rubeola virus causes what is generally referred to as plain ‘measles’ and characterized by a cough, cold, fever, and a skin rash all over the body. This is also known as hard measles and on rare occasions can lead to encephalitis or pneumonia that is life-threatening. In general, however, people recover from this strain of measles without any long-lasting health problems. German measles is caused by the Rubella virus and while this is a minor infection often lasting for only three days or so, it can cause serious birth defects if you catch this disease when you are pregnant.
Symptoms of Measles
Measles is probably known for its full-body rash, the first symptoms of the infection are usually a hacking cough, runny nose, high fever, and red eyes. Children who get the disease also may have Koplik's spots, small red spots with blue-white centers that appear inside the mouth.
The measles rash breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms start, and can coincide with high fevers up to 104°F (40°C). The red or reddish-brown rash usually first shows up as flat red spots on the forehead. It spreads to the rest of the face, then down the neck and torso to the arms, legs, and feet. The fever and rash gradually go away itself after some days.
Children with measles should be under the care of a qualified health-care practitioner.
- Drink orange or lemon juice at regular intervals during the day. The citrus flavor of these fruits can offset the loss of appetite brought on by the infection. Lemon and orange juices also help reduce dehydration and boost immunity with their vitamin C content.
- Turmeric powder mixed with honey or milk can aid recovery from measles and boost immunity.
- 1 teaspoon goldenseal root
- 1 teaspoon marshmallow root
- 1 cup boiling water
Combine the above herbs in a nonmetallic container and cover with the boiling water; steep for 30 minutes; cool and strain. Take up to one cup a day, a tablespoon or two at a time.
- 2 teaspoons echinacea root
- 3 teaspoons pau d'arco bark
- 1 teaspoon mullein leave
- 3 teaspoons yellow dock root
- 1 cup boiling water
Combine the above herbs in a container. Take one teaspoon of the mixture and cover with the boiling water; steep for 20 minutes; strain. Take up to two cups a day, a tablespoon or two at a time.
Author: Dr. Izharul Hasan
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