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Measles-Sign, Symptoms, Lifestyle Changes, Diet, and Home Remedies

Kaif ul Sehar

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Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that grows and replicates in nose and throat of the person. It is more common in young children. Even though a cheap and effective vaccine is available but the death rate is still high among children. It is a respiratory contagious disease which spreads through a cough and sneeze droplet of the infected person.

Signs and symptoms

Measles signs and symptoms appear after 1 or two weeks of exposure to the virus. A high-grade fever which lasts for 4 to 7 days. In the initial stage, one may have a runny nose, white spots on inner cheeks, red and watery eyes and cough. After 3 days rash erupts and spreads on the face and upper neck, then on hands and feet. The rash fades in 5, 6 days.
• A sore throat
• High-grade fever
• A runny nose
• Red and watery eyes
• Inflammation in eyes
• White spots in inner cheeks
• Rash on body

Measles_ sign, symptoms, lifestyle changes, Diet, and home remedies

Complications:

The reason which makes measles fatal is complications. Children under the age of 5 are more prone to serious complications.
• Blindness
• Severe diarrhea
• Dehydration
• Ear infection
• Encephalitis
• Pneumonia

lifestyle changes and diet:

Measles_ sign, symptoms, lifestyle changes, Diet, and home remedies

Measles is a viral disease and immune boosters play a major role to fight this contagious disease out of your body. And major immune booster is vitamin A in case of measles. Measles can cause your vision loss so vitamin A also improves your eye health and reduces measles mortality rate.
• Foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin A will help your body fight with this virus naturally. Oranges, grapefruit, spinach and green leafy vegetables should be incorporated into your diet.
• Drink plenty of water and other fluids. To replenish fluid and water loss from your body, drink herbal tea and lemon water at regular intervals. It will not only re-hydrate your body but will boost your immunity and provide you with a number of other nutrients. Coconut water is also a good choice
• Rest your eyes and avoid direct contact with light. Your eyes become a bit sensitive during this period so avid using gadgets and watching TV.
• You may eat ice chips to relieve a sore throat and to bring the fever down. Damp towel over the chest and vitamin A and C ointment give a soothing effect to rash.

Remedies:

• Take half cup of water, add two or three leaves of basil and mint and add a little piece of ginger and boil this mixture. Sip this water once a day to boost your immune system.
• Barley is rich in vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and zinc. It possesses high healing power. Infuse 2 tbsp. of barley in water and drink it twice or thrice a day.
• Turmeric is a herb known for its charismatic antiseptic properties. Pinch of turmeric in half cup milk and reduce the symptoms and provide a soothing effect.

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Kaif is self-motivated Nutritionist who is passionate about creating better health outcomes and changing lives by creating health awareness. She possesses the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information about dietary matters in an understandable form to reader.

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