Measles is an infectious viral disease, characterized by small red dots that appear all over the body. There are two stages to this disease. Symptoms of the first stage are:
Cold like symptoms - runny nose, mouth, and eyes, a husky voice and a cough.
Red watery eyes
In the second stage (occurring around the third or fourth day):
Temperature will fall
Characteristic rash will appear, its usually a reddish colour with raised spots which are grouped together in patches.
Temperature will rise on the day rash appears
Skin might start to peel after 2-3 days.
Measles is highly contagious and is a very severe childhood disease. Immunizations for measles are compulsory for children, as measles can have very serious complications which can be fatal. Adults can also contract measles but it is rare, however if you suspect that you have measles, consult your doctor immediately as it can be very dangerous.
Measles is spread via droplets of saliva which are carried through the air whenever an infected child sneezes or coughs. Children are more contagious two days before the symptoms appear, however, he will still be contagious for up to four days after the rash appears.
Your infected child must be kept away from all other children and yourself if you have not been immunized against measles or if you have never had the disease. Calamine lotion will help ease the itching and a humidifier can relieve a bad cough.
Fighting measles strengthens the immune system, therefore many alternative practitioners believe it to be better for a healthy child to contract measles than to be vaccinated. Although, in Australia it is highly recommended that all children should be immunized.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as you suspect that you or your child have measles.
Your doctor should always be consulted as measles can have serious consequences if it is not treated. There are no herbal remedies that treat measles specifically. However, there are a few preparations which can help ease the symptoms. Teas of yarrow (Achillea millefolium), linden (Tilia spp.) and catnip (Nepeta cataria) sometimes help to reduce a fever. A chamomile (Matricaria recutita) compress or an eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) eyewash might ease the eyes.
Your doctor should be consulted as soon as you suspect that your child has measles. He will monitor your child’s progress throughout the disease, and will probably advise you not to allow your child to return to school until a week after the rash appears. A soft-food diet, increased liquid intake and plenty of bed rest are usually prescribed until the symptoms subside.
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