Measles treatment largely involves symptomatic relief. If you have measles the best thing you can do is rest in bed until the fever, cough, and cold have abated. This will also prevent other people from getting infected and spreading the disease. The patient should in fact be kept in isolation for at least ten days after the infection abates. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day. Lukewarm sponge baths may help reduce the fever and body aches, and using a vaporizer or humidifier may ease the discomfort of your cough and cold. Fever can also be controlled using warm water enemas to remove toxins from the body. There are no specific medical remedies for measles apart from painkillers and medicines that reduce the fever. It is best to keep yourself as comfortable as possible and let the infection run its natural course. Children (and adults) should be kept in a well-ventilated room that is away from direct light. The eyes get very sensitive during measles and should be kept shaded to prevent further fatigue or irritation.
The only proven way to prevent measles is with the measles vaccine. The CDC recommends a schedule of vaccines that immunize children against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). This vaccine called the MMR or the MMRV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella) needs to be administered before the age of 12 for optimum efficacy. Generally two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended before the age of one. Check with your doctor or pediatrician for the complete list of vaccinations and proper dosages for your child.
Home remedies for Measles
1. Neem Leaves
Neem, also known as Indian lilac, has antibacterial and anti-allergenic properties, and hence it can be very helpful in relieving itching that often occurs with the rash.
Garlic also can be an effective natural cure for measles. Powder the cloves of garlic and mix with honey and this can be had daily for better results.
3. Olive Leaf
Olive leaf is another most effective natural treatment against measles. Olive leaf has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that help kill the virus that causes measles. Plus, it is a natural antibiotic with antioxidant effects, which help in the healing process.
Barley water is a very effective natural cure to treat the coughs, in measles. The patient should drink barley water flavored with a few drops of sweetened almond oil as frequently as possible.
5. Coconut water and flesh
Coconut water has nutrients and natural sugar , which help in cleansing the body of toxic elements , which makes it a very effective drink. Coconut flesh is rich in anti-oxidants and a liberal intake of coconut water helps in speedy recovery from measles.
6. Tamarind seeds and turmeric
Tamarind seeds and turmeric are very effective natural cure for measles. Powder tamarind seeds, mix equal portion of the tamarind seeds powder with turmeric powder , this mix should be given in the doses of 350gm to 425gm, three times, daily to the person suffering from measles.
7. Aloe Vera & Lemon Juice
Aloe vera is useful for the treatment of measles. Application of aloe vera on the affected areas of skin rashes would help in soothing the inflamed and red skin. It is quickest method of treating measles. Pulp of aloe vera can be used for the treatment.
8. Gooseberry (Amla)
ndian gooseberry, also known as amla, is an excellent source of vitamin C that enhances the immune system. Plus, it’s high in antioxidants and hence very effective in the treatment of measles.
9. Orange juice
Orange is an excellent natural cure for measles. As the patient will feel a loss of appetite and the lack of saliva in his tongue, often the patient does not feel thirsty or hungry. Orange juice makes good for this loss of appetite.
If measles is accompanied by fever, mix butter and sugar candy in equal quantity and lick 2 tsp. in the morning.
11. Eggplant Seeds & Yarrow
Eggplant seeds are useful for the treatment of measles. This natural remedy is helpful in the development of immunity towards measles. Consumption of five hundred milligrams to one gram of seeds is recommended. It can be taken on a daily basis. Continue using this remedy for around three to five days.