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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 childhood.

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 indicated.

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 healing.
  • 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 also seen.

  • 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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