Measles is a very contagious (easily
spread) illness caused by a virus. The
infection is spread by contact with
droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat
of an infected person. Sneezing and
coughing can put contaminated droplets
into the air.
Those who have had an active measles
infection or who have been vaccinated
against the measles have immunity to the
disease. Not vaccinating children can
lead to outbreaks of a measles, mumps,
and rubella -- all of which are
potentially serious diseases of
Symptoms usually begin 8 - 12 days after
you are exposed to the virus. This is
called the incubation period. Symptoms
may include bloodshot eyes, cough,
fever, light sensitivity (photophobia),
muscle pain, rash, redness and
irritation of the eyes (conjunctivitis),
runny nose, sore throat, and tiny white
spots inside the mouth (Koplik's spots).
Medical as well as dietary support is
Dietary management remains
almost the same as in other fever
conditions and helps in faster recovery.
A healthy diet is essential as a
part of treatment. All fruit diet is
provided for the first three days, which
is followed by a soft and bland diet.
Follow it up with a balanced diet.
Parsley helps in hastening of wound
Dehydration is a common symptom of
measles. Adequate amount of water is
provided by coconut water, barley water,
fresh fruit juices and water.
Citrus fruits such as grapes, oranges,
cantaloupes and grapes prove beneficial.
Vitamin A is necessary for resistance
against fever. Regeneration of wounds is
Raw turmeric roots are beneficial in
the treatment of measles.
Lemon juice is diluted with water.
Orange juice is effective against
toxemia. Juices of citrus fruits are
highly effective, as they help in the
return of good appetite.
Complete rest is necessary. Warm water
enema, every morning is useful in
reducing the body temperature.
Application of mud packs on the chest
and abdomen, twice a day helps in the
elimination of toxins.
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