By Dr. Mercola
Part of this article originally appeared on Mercola.
- Turmeric’s antiseptic and antioxidant properties make it effective in alleviating the symptoms of measles
- There is a direct link between measles and vitamin A deficiency, and this can result in severe complications like eye problems or even vision loss
Since measles is caused by a virus, there is no specific treatment for it, but the symptoms usually improve within seven to 10 days.1 While the measles virus runs its course, supportive care, good nutrition and adequate fluid intake are essential in boosting your immunity to help fight the virus and enhance recovery.
Alleviating the Common Symptoms of Measles
Measles treatment aims to ease your symptoms and reduce risk of complications.2 If you get infected with the measles virus, make sure to incorporate these lifestyle recommendations to lessen discomfort, help get well faster and prevent complications:
• Stay home and get extra rest — Almost everyone who catches measles will require plenty of rest. Isolating yourself or the person infected with measles will also prevent spreading the virus to others, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the infection, such as infants, young children and pregnant women.3
• Rest your eyes — While you rest in a well-ventilated room, make sure to keep away from direct light as your eyes can get very sensitive. Keep the lights low and avoid watching too much TV, using gadgets or reading to prevent further eye irritation and fatigue.4
• Seek respiratory relief — as the initial symptoms of measles resemble the flu, including fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and sore throat,5 using a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can help relax your airways, relieving cough and sore throat.6
• Drink plenty of fluids — sip water and herbal tea at regular intervals during the day to replenish fluids lost from sweating and fever.
Apart from reducing your risk of dehydration, drinking fresh and organic citrus juices such as orange and lemon juice can counteract the loss of appetite brought on by the infection, and help boost your immunity with their vitamin C content.7
Another healthy choice is coconut water, which is rich in nutrients that help rehydrate and cleanse your body of toxic elements. It is also rich in antioxidants that can help facilitate speedy recovery from the infection.8, 9
These Natural Remedies May Also Help Fight Measles
Natural treatments like herbs and supplements can help fight the measles virus and may help you recover from the disease faster. Below are some options you can try:
• Barley — It is packed with vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants, and aids in speeding up the healing process as it is also rich in zinc. Barley water can provide relief against dry, heavy coughs, while a barley bath helps soothe skin irritation and itching.10
• Turmeric — With its antiseptic and antioxidant properties, this herb is effective in helping to alleviate the symptoms of measles. Turmeric powder mixed with milk can help improve your immunity.14 15
• Vitamin A — In developing countries there is a direct link between measles and vitamin A deficiency that can result in severe complications like eye problems or even vision loss.16 Measles is to blame for an estimated 15,000 to 60,000 cases of blindness in children living in low-income countries per year.
To help combat visual loss related to measles, vitamin A supplements are often given to infected people, most especially children. This treatment has been shown to reduce the measles fatality rate by half.17 The World Health Organization recommends administration of an oral dose of 200,000 international units (100,000 international units for infants) of vitamin A per day for two days to children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency is prevalent.18
• Vitamin C — Studies have shown that vitamin C delivered in megadoses before and after cold and flu symptoms relieves and prevents respiratory discomfort and symptoms.19
You can make a full recovery from measles through these lifestyle changes and natural remedies. Just remember to keep an eye out for any signs of complications, including drowsiness, dehydration, breathing difficulties or convulsion. If any of these symptoms occur, consult your physician immediately.
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Measles causes up to 60,000 cases of blindness worldwide each year, according to a survey published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Most of those blinded by the infection are in developing nations and suffer from a vitamin A deficiency.
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“Measles is a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Vitamin A deficiency is a recognised risk factor for severe measles. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends administration of an oral dose of 200,000 IU (or 100,000 IU in infants) of vitamin A per day for two days to children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present.”
“Vitamin A deficiency is one of the world’s major malnutrition problems and is most commonly found in children under the age of five years. An association between vitamin A status and immune function has been suggested by community studies and animal experiments. Mortality and susceptibility to infection and diarrhea are higher in children with vitamin A deficiency. The association between increased mortality and morbidity and vitamin A deficiency is strongest in children with measles. Vitamin A supplementation reduces mortality and complications resulting from measles. Measles may increase the body’s utilization of vitamin A, possibly because of the rapid destruction of epithelial surfaces. “
Measles signs and symptoms appear 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms of measles typically include:
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
- A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another
The rash consists of small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance. The face breaks out first, particularly behind the ears and along the hairline. Over the next few days, the rash spreads down the arms and trunk, then over the thighs, lower legs and feet. At the same time, fever rises sharply, often as high as 104 to 105.8 F (40 to 41 C). The measles rash gradually recedes, fading first from the face and last from the thighs and feet.
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Common side effects from the MMR vaccine include low-grade fever, skin rash, itching, hives, swelling, reddening of skin, and weakness. Serious adverse events following MMR vaccination include seizures, severe headaches, double vision, vomiting, joint pain, or pain in the digestive system. 1,2
Other more rare but serious complications reported by Merck in MMR vaccine post-marketing surveillance include:3
- brain inflammation (encephalitis) and encephalopathy (chronic brain dysfunction);
- panniculitis (inflammation of the fat layer under the skin);
- atypical measles; syncope (sudden loss of consciousness, fainting);
- vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels);
- pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas);
- diabetes mellitus;
- thrombocytopenia purpura (blood disorder);
- leukocytosis (high white blood cell count);
- anaphylaxis (shock);
- bronchial spasms;
- arthritis and arthralgia (joint pain);
- myalgia (muscle pain);
- polyneuritis (inflammation of several nerves simultaneously).
Using the MedAlerts search engine, which facilitates an online search of the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database, as of March 3rd, 2016 there have been 7692 serious adverse events Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in connection with measles vaccine since 1990, with over half of those occurring in children three years old and under. Of these events 397 were deaths with over half of the deaths occurring in children under three years of age. Adverse events following MMR vaccination reported to VAERS include
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