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Measles

Definition

A highly communicable disease characterized by fever, general malaise, sneezing, nasal congestion, brassy cough, conjunctivitis spots on the buccal mucosa, and a maculopapular eruption over the entire body caused the rubeola virus. An attack of measles almost invariably confers permanent immunity.

German measles (rubella) is a contagious but mild viral disease. But, if the disease is contracted in the first 4 months of pregnancy, it may cause serious birth defects. German measles affects the lymph glands in the neck and behind the ears. Symptoms include: fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and stiffness mainly in the neck. A rash often develops.
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Causes

Red measles (rubeola virus) is a serious viral infection infects the respiratory tract, eyes, and skin. This is one of the most contagious diseases. Incubation is from 7 to 21 days.
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Symptoms

Symptoms of red measles include: sneezing, runny nose, cough, fever, loss of appetite, red eyes that may be sensitive to light, tiny white spots in the mouth and throat, and a rash on the forehead and ears that spreads over the whole body. Rash usually lasts from 4 to 5 days and as it subsides the temperature declines.

Typically a childhood disease, adults are also susceptible.

Prognosis is favorable in well nourished children, but the seriousness of the possible complications of measles should not be minimized.

All children who have not had measles or who have not been vaccinated previously should be immunized with live attenuated measles vaccine at 12 months of age. Inactivated vaccine is not recommended because of the short-lived protection it produces.

Measles immune serum globulin is effective in preventing measles if it is given not later than 5 days after exposure.
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Treatment

Complications are more carefully watched for in cases of a history of repeated ear infections, bronchitis, croup, or pneumonia.

Encephalitis is a grave complication. About 1 in 8 will die if this complication is developed. Bronchopneumonia is a serious complication. Otitis media, followed by mastoiditis, brain abscess, or even meningitis, is not rare. Cervical adenitis with marked cellulitis sometimes leads to fatal consequences. Tracheitis and laryngeal stenosis, due to edema of glottis, are sometimes seen. Eye complications are not common in measles, although a marked conjunctivitis usually occurs.

Diagnosis will include ruling out other diseases: scarlet fever, German measles, smallpox, etc.
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Nutrients

Dosages given here must be adjusted according to age and weight.

Calcium and magnesium, taken as directed on the label, needed for tissue repair.

Raw thymus, 500 mg. twice per day (this is for adults only).

Vitamin A and E emulsion, taken as directed on the label, are needed to reduce infection and repair tissues. (if child is over 10, use capsule form. If child is under 10 or unable to swallow capsule, use cod liver oil)

Vitamin C, children: 1,000 mg. per day in divided doses, adults: 3,000-10,000 mg. per day in divided doses, is very important for immune function, controls fever and infection. Vitamin E, 200-800 IU per day, neutralizes harmful free radicals, which would otherwise destroy the cell membrane. Caution: not for use by children under 6 yrs. of age. Consult the pediatrician.

Zinc gluconate lozenges, dissolve 1 lozenge in the mouth (15 mg) 3 times per day (after 4 days drop to 1 lozenge per day), is taken for immune response and tissue repair.
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Herbs
  • Bee balm
  • Bergamot, wild
  • Birch bark
  • Bistort, red
  • Boneset
  • Burdock, great, seed
  • Calendula
  • Capsicum
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Cleavers
  • Clover, red
  • Cohosh, black
  • Elder, blossoms
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Goldenrod
  • Gotu kola
  • Gum plant
  • Holy herb
  • Kudzu
  • Lemon
  • Licorice
  • Lobelia
  • Lovage
  • Marigold
  • Monkshood
  • Mustard seed
  • Peppermint
  • Pimpernel
  • Pleurisy, root
  • Raspberry, leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Safflower
  • Saffron
  • Sage, red
  • Spicebush
  • Spicewood
  • Spruce, red
  • Sundew
  • Sycamore
  • Tansy
  • Tormentil
  • Valerian
  • Vervain
  • Violet, wild, leaves
  • Woodbine, wild
  • Yarrow

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Recommendations

If you have cancer or a weakened immune system, are on cortisone or anti-cancer drugs (radiation therapy), or have any type of illness with a fever, you should not be immunized against measles.

Keep patient isolated.

Catnip tea or garlic enemas help to lower fever.

Children and adults: take 1/2 tsp. lobelia extract every 4 to 5 hours for pain.

Drink plenty of fluids such as water, juices, and vegetable broths.

Rest until the rash and fever have disappeared, usually around 5 days.
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Suggestions

Avoid processed foods.

Keep lights dim. Do not read or watch television while eyes are sensitive to light.
Antibiotics are not necessary unless complications occur.
Check with the doctor.
Tea for measles:
Safflower (4 parts)
Balm (4 parts)
Licorice (2 parts)
Elder blossoms (2 parts)
Wild violet leaves (1 part)
Boil 1 1/8 tsp. in 3 cups of water for 2 to 3 minutes, covered; let stand for 10 minutes and strain. Take 1 cup morning, noon, and night. Sweeten if desired.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 15th Edition, F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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