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How To Get Rid Of Measles?


As with most common diseases the best way to get rid of measles is to prevent them. This isn’t a sure thing, even with the modern vaccinations now available. Many people have a case of measles during childhood and most of them come through without serious problems.

Measles is a contagious disease that gets its start in the respiratory system. People can contract this disease by breathing air around an infected person. If you know someone has the measles you should avoid close contact with them if at all possible. Even this may not be enough to keep you from getting this condition.

Once a person has had measles, they cannot get it again. But it's worth noting that measles can be very dangerous for pregnant women who have had neither the disease nor the vaccination - the infection can be passed to their baby, which in turn can cause premature labour, low birth weight and even death.

Serious Stuff

Many people in so-called “developed”‌ countries don’t view measles as a serious illness. In most cases they have access to good vaccines at an early age and can keep measles from affecting them directly. But thousands of people still suffer from the malady each year.

Measles are generally characterized by red, bumpy rash. The disease is caused by a virus (paramyxovirus). This “bug”‌ thrives in the warm, moist mucus of a person’s throat and nose. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus can spread to others. It is possible to pick up the virus by touching a surface where sneeze/cough droplets have settled.

Most people who have contracted this virus-based disease exhibit early symptoms such as a slight fever, redness of the eyes and a runny nose. People often get small, light-colored spots inside the mouth a few days after being infected. Eventually the individual gets the skin rash that most people associate with measles. These can be red bumps or flat red spots (about five days after infection).

Getting Rid of Measles

Once you've been afflicted with measles, there really is no treatment to make it go away. You'll just have to tough it out and wait for it to pass. The treatment for the disease once it sets in is mostly focused on the relief of the symptoms.

1. Get medications. You may not be able to get the virus, but you can get relief from the fever and body pains you will encounter. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are available to help control your fever. If the afflicted person is a child, don't give him or her aspirin. The child may be risk of getting Reye's syndrome, a rare, but fatal disease.

2. Get plenty of rest. Give your body time to recuperate. Resting will also help boost your immune system so it can fight off the viral infection faster.

3. Keep yourself hydrated. Fever saps up the fluids in your body faster than normal, putting you in danger of dehydration. It is especially dangerous when your fever tends to spike, as is the case with measles. Take water, herbal tea, or juice to keep your body hydrated.

4. Use humidifiers. If you're having problems with your cold or respiration, use respiratory aids such as humidifiers to get relief.

5. Get proper diet. Malnourished patients are recommended to get vitamin A supplements. A proper diet all in all is necessary to keep your immune system functioning at their peak.

Natural home remedies for Measles

• Consuming a mixture of about half a teaspoon of powdered liquorice and half teaspoon of honey is one of the most effective natural home remedies for Measles related coughing.

• Grind a mixture of some tamarinds and an equal amount of turmeric and have about 350-400 mg of this mixture thrice per day until the disease cures completely. This is considered a good natural remedy to get rid of Measles related symptoms as naturally as possible.

• Having lemon juice diluted with water is one of the easiest natural home remedies for Measles, especially to deal with the symptom of lack of thirst. 15-25 ml of lemon juice would be sufficient for this purpose.

• Regularly drinking about two glasses of orange juice until the disease heals completely helps to relieve the symptoms of this disease.

• Taking half or one gram of eggplant seeds for about three days helps to develop immunity and is thus beneficial in preventing Measles. This remedy is particularly useful in case a family member develops the disease and hence other members of the house are also threatened by the infection.

Diet for Measles

The prerequisites for facilitating the process of healing Measles are a healthy diet, intake of plenty of fluids and adequate amount of rest. Orange juice and lemon juice are particularly useful in this regard. The patient should rest in a well ventilated room to aid in faster recovery.

Besides, vitamin A rich foods, especially, carrots and papayas should be positively included in the diet. Chamomile tea is useful in easing the symptoms. Experts recommend that the patient should restrict the consumption of oily and spicy foods until the disease is cured completely.

As always, prevention is the best source of treatment. Be sure that you and your family are vaccinated from the measles virus. Also, wash your hands frequently. You may never know if the surface you touched has been infected. If you don't have ready access to water, a hand sanitizer will do. Remember, measles can be fatal. Make sure that you're always guarded against it.





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