Measles

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Description

Measles, also known as rubeola, is a highly contagious viral infection caused by the measles virus (MeV). It primarily affects the respiratory system but can lead to a generalized systemic illness. Measles is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets from infected individuals, making it extremely contagious.

While most people recover from measles without complications, it can lead to severe health issues, especially in vulnerable populations like young children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Complications may include pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and in some cases, death.

Symptoms

The symptoms of measles typically appear in stages and can manifest within 10-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of measles include:

1. High fever: Measles often begins with a high fever, which can reach 39 40.6°C.

2. Cough: Persistent coughing is a common symptom of measles.

3. Runny nose: The infected person may experience a runny or stuffy nose.

4. Conjunctivitis: Also known as “pink eye,” where the eyes become red, and swollen, and may produce a discharge.

5. Koplik spots: These are small, white spots that appear inside the mouth, often on the inner lining of the cheeks, before the rash develops.

6. Rash: A characteristic red, blotchy rash appears a few days after the initial symptoms. The rash usually starts on the face and then spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. The rash typically lasts for several days.

7. Sensitivity to light: Some individuals may experience sensitivity to light (photophobia) along with the rash.

8. Fatigue: Measles can cause extreme tiredness and fatigue.

9. Sore throat: The infected person may have a sore throat and discomfort while swallowing.

10. Muscle pain: Muscular pain and discomfort are common symptoms.

11. Diarrhea: Some individuals with measles may experience diarrhea.

It’s important to note that not everyone with measles will exhibit all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary from person to person.

Treatments

The main focus of treatment for measles includes:

1. Rest: Get plenty of rest to support the body’s immune system and aid in recovery.

2. Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, to prevent dehydration, especially if fever is present.

3. Fever reduction: Avoid giving aspirin to children with measles due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious condition.

4. Isolation: Isolate the infected person to prevent the further spread of the virus to others, particularly those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or too young to receive the vaccine.

5. Treat complications: If complications like pneumonia or bacterial infections develop, appropriate medical treatment, such as antibiotics, may be necessary.

6. Supportive care: Addressing symptoms such as cough, congestion, and sore throat with appropriate medications or remedies may provide relief.

Nutrients and supplements:
1. Vitamin A – For children with severe measles or those at risk of complications, vitamin A supplements may be recommended. Vitamin A has been shown to reduce the severity of measles and the risk of complications

2. Oxy 101 – is a strong immune booster and may be used for viral, bacterial, and parasitic conditions.

3. Buffered Vitamin C – is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and may assist in reducing the duration and severity of common cold symptoms associated with measles, such as cough and runny nose.

4. Zinc – supports immune function and may help reduce the severity and duration of respiratory infections like measles.

5. Vitamin D – levels are essential for a healthy immune system. However, supplementation should only be considered if a deficiency is identified through blood tests.

6. Probiotics – are beneficial bacteria, that support gut health and the immune system. They can be found in certain foods like yogurt or taken as supplements.

7. Colostrum plus – strengthens the immune system and helps repair damaged tissue. Helps with gastrointestinal diseases, and eliminates parasites, viruses, and bacteria.

Causes

Measles is caused by the measles virus, which is a highly contagious virus belonging to the genus Morbillivirus, a member of the Paramyxoviridae family. The virus primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or talks. These infected droplets can remain in the air or on surfaces for several hours, making measles highly contagious.

When a susceptible person breathes in the virus or comes into direct contact with infected respiratory secretions, the virus can enter the body through the nose, mouth, or throat. From there, the virus quickly replicates in the respiratory system and then spreads throughout the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic system.

Underlying Emotions

Diet

1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal teas, or clear broths, to stay hydrated, especially if you have a fever. Proper hydration is crucial in preventing dehydration, which can occur due to fever and other symptoms.

2. Soft and Easy-to-Digest Foods: During the acute phase of measles, when the mouth sores and throat are sore, it’s helpful to consume soft and easy-to-digest foods. Examples include mashed fruits (e.g., bananas, applesauce), cooked vegetables, oatmeal, rice, soups, and yogurt.

3. Vitamin A-Rich Foods: Vitamin A is important for immune function and may help reduce the severity of measles. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens (e.g., spinach, kale), squash, and mangoes.

4. Vitamin C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C supports the immune system and can be found in citrus fruits (e.g., oranges, grapefruits), strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, and broccoli.

5. Zinc-Rich Foods: Zinc also plays a role in supporting the immune system. Good sources of zinc include lean meats (e.g., poultry, fish), legumes (e.g., beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

6. Probiotic Foods: Probiotics support gut health and may aid in recovery. Foods like yogurt with live cultures or fermented foods (e.g., sauerkraut, kimchi) can be beneficial.

7. Adequate Protein: Protein is essential for tissue repair and immune function. Include protein-rich foods like lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, beans, and lentils.

8. Limit Sugary and Processed Foods: These foods can weaken the immune system and contribute to inflammation. Try to minimize the consumption of sugary snacks, sodas, and processed foods during the illness.

9. Avoid Spicy and Acidic Foods: Spicy and acidic foods can irritate the already sensitive mucous membranes during measles. It’s best to avoid them until the mouth sores and throat irritation have improved.

Remedies

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