A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Measles
I had a question the other day about measles.
The medical name for measles is rubeola.
Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease occurring mainly in children.
Its symptoms are fever, cough, severe runny nose, inflammation of the lining of the eyelids (like “pink eye”), a spreading rash, and eruption of small, irregular, bright red spots on the inner cheeks and mouth with a very small bluish or white speck in the center of each.
About 2 out of 20 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to 1 out of 20 gets pneumonia.
For every 1,000 children who get measles, 1 or 2 will die.
Most people with measles feel very sick for about a week.
Measles is spread mostly by coughs and sneezes.
The virus can live for up to 2 hours on a surface (like a door handle), waiting for the next person to touch it.
It’s often hard to avoid exposure to measles because you can get it from someone whose symptoms haven’t yet appeared.
Measles isn’t contagious 4 days after the rash appears.
Once someone has had measles, they’re typically protected forever because your body has learned how to fight the virus.
As a result of the vaccination to prevent measles, all cases now occurring in the United States have been brought from other countries.
Measles continues to be a major public health problem in developing countries, with 30-40 million cases per year.
Most reported cases are from Africa.
To deal with measles it’s beneficial to:
*Drink lots of purified water, organic juices, herbal teas and vegetable broths daily.
*Catnip tea or garlic enemas can be used to help lower fever if necessary.
*Spirulina is helpful for bolstering your immune system and can help slow replication of the virus.
*Avoid processed foods.
*To help relieve coughing, mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons honey with 1/4 cup water. Take as needed. (Never give honey to an infant under one year of age.)
*To alleviate itching, place 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bathtub filled with 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.
*Rest until the rash and fever have disappeared.
*Keep the lights dim. Don’t read or watch television while your eyes are sensitive to light.
*Don’t send a child who has had measles to school until 7-9 days after the fever and rash have disappeared.
*Supplements may be crushed, gelcaps opened and added to juice, shakes, applesauce, etc.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
*Decrease food and drinks bought and/or stored in plastic containers.
*Decrease microwaved foods (denatured food).
*Become educated regarding all views and possible side effects of vaccinations.
*Become educated regarding possible side effects of any and all medications, over-the-counter or prescribed.
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