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Measles & Rubella

 

Rubella (German Measles) is not the same as Measles (rubeola), though the two illnesses do share some characteristics, including the red rash. However, rubella is caused by a different virus than measles, and is neither as infectious nor usually as severe as measles.

 

Measles (rubeola) is a highly contagious viral infection that produces a characteristic red, splotchy rash. The rash appears about four days after the initial symptoms, which include fatigue, fever, irritability, cough, runny nose, sneezing, and red irritated eyes. The rash erupts on the forehead and spreads downward over the face, neck, trunk, limbs, and feet. Fevers can run as high as 105° F (40.6° C). The disease runs its course in about ten days. People with measles can infect others five days after they have been exposed to the disease (more than a week before symptoms appear) until five days after the rash breaks out. German measles (rubella) is a similar illness that is less contagious and produces milder symptoms.

 

Measles, long though of as a childhood illness, is prevalent among children in developing countries. However, since vaccination has been available, a much larger percentage of people in North America who get measles have been adults who were never exposed to, or vaccinated for the disease.  Measles causes more severe symptoms in adults than in children, and the vaccine can sometimes cause fever and joint pain.

 

Recovering from measles provides lifetime immunity from future infection. The disease also causes immune system changes that may have some beneficial effects notably a reduces risk of developing asthma and hay fever. In rare cases, however, recovery from measles can be complicated if the immune system overreacts and fails to "turn off" after it has contained the virus. This can cause damage to the lungs, eyes, heart, liver, kidneys, or brain. Conventional treatment for measles consists of using White Willow Bark to ease pain and Catnip to reduce fever. 

 

Base Protocol Click HERE:

4oz: Chinese Skullcap, Licorice Rt, and Isatis

4oz: Black Cohosh Rhizome, Kudzu Root, and Peony Root

4oz: Elderberry syrup

Ginger Juice Tea with Turmeric, Acerola and Piperine

 

Lemon Balm oil is specific for the blistering of the measles virus

 

Kudzu decoction can be used after a possible exposure, but before symptoms appear. This herb can moderate symptoms by supplementing the antiviral activity of the immune system. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS
Take Vitamin A supplements (400,000 international units) for 2 days to reduce the risk of complications. Vitamin A deficiency is associated with dry eyes and eye damage cause by measles. Only use this vitamin if symptoms appear after known exposure to measles, since it can interfere with the immune response if taken to early. (Vit A is only effective in the presence of zinc, so 30-60 mg of zinc should be ingested at the same time).

 

Drink plenty of fluids such as water and herbal teas and vegetable broths.

 

Avoid processed foods.

 

Rest until the rash and fever have disappeared

 

Do not send a child who has had measles to school until seven to nine days after the fever and rash have disappeared.

 

CONSIDERATIONS

Allergic reactions to MMR vaccine in children that are severe enough to require emergency room treatment are rare, affecting approximately 1 in 60,000 to 70,000 children five the vaccine, primarily those who are allergic to eggs.  Milder reactions - such as pain, redness, swelling, and fever up to 103° F (39.5° C) are much more common, affecting roughly 1 in 10 children who get the shot, for up to four days. The risk of allergic reaction to MMR shots may be reduced by giving the child fermented foods that contain live Lactobacillus bacteria, such as yogurt or sauerkraut, for two to three days before injection.

 

Even children who are vaccinated for measles can catch the disease if they are exposed to massive amounts of the virus by being confined to small rooms or hallways with infected children. Children who have been vaccinated for measles can catch the disease from sibling with whom they share the same room.

 

Measles vaccination are more likely to have serious side effects in adults.

 

Antibiotics are useless against viruses, so they are not called for unless complications occur.

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