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Measles

Measles is a very contagious (easily spread) illness caused by a virus

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

  1. The infection is spread by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person. Sneezing and coughing can put contaminated droplets into the air.
  2. Those who have had an active measles infection or who have been vaccinated against the measles have immunity to the disease. Before widespread vaccination, measles was so common during childhood that most people became sick with the disease by age 20. The number of measles cases dropped over the last several decades to almost none in the U.S. and Canada. However, rates have started to rise again recently
  3. Some parents do not let their children get vaccinated because of unfounded fears that theMMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, can cause autism. Large studies of thousands of children have found no connection between this vaccine and autism. Not vaccinating children can lead to outbreaks of a measles, mumps, and rubella -- all of which are potentially serious diseases of childhood

Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin 8 - 12 days after you are exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Light sensitivity (photophobia)
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash
    • Usually appears 3 - 5 days after the first signs of being sick
    • May last 4 - 7 days
    • Rash may appear as flat, discolored areas (macules) and solid, red, raised areas (papules) that later join together
    • Usually starts on the head and spreads to other areas, moving down the body
    • Itchy
  • Redness and irritation of the eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth (Koplik's spots)

Homeopathic Approach

We have been over the years treating cases of measles without giving any antibiotics and we have successfully treated them without any complications