If you or a loved one comes down with measles, there is no need to panic. Homeopathy along with some home-care and a little love can go a long way to help comfort and promote healing. Homeopathic remedies can easily ease the symptoms and shorten the course of a measles infection, as well as help prevent complications. Positive effects of the right remedy should be seen within 12 to 24 hours. Knowing which remedies to use and how to use them safely is important.
WHAT IS MEASLES?
Measles is a viral disease that affects children and adults who do not have active immunity. It is highly contagious and is spread by airborne droplets from an infected person before the rash appears and during the first few days of illness.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS?
Common symptoms include fever (up to 104°F), runny nose, sore throat, cough, sensitivity to light and extensive pink to brownish pink, and irregular, itchy rash. The rash generally starts on the ears, face, and neck that lightens in color as it spreads to the rest of the body as the fever decreases. There are Koplik spots, that look like tiny grains of sand with a red ring and are usually seen opposite the first and second molars on the inside of the cheek. Koplik spots only appear with measles.
COMPLICATIONS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Secondary infections with streptococci and other bacteria can occur causing pneumonia, ear infections, and other infections. In one of out of 100 children, measles can cause encephalitis with fever, convulsions, and coma.
- Bed-rest in darkened room.
- Take plenty of fluids.
- Eat a light diet, depending on appetite.
- Vitamin C: 250 mg twice daily for young children; 100mg 4 times a day for older children and adults.
- Keep sores clean and avoid scratching.
- Apply cold compresses to sores.
- Oatmeal baths – 1 cup of dry, finely ground oatmeal (or plain Aveeno) in a bathtub to soothe itching.
- Treat infected sores with 1 part Calendula tincture diluted with 3-parts water and cover lightly with bandages or gauze.
HOW TO KNOW WHICH REMEDIES TO USE?
Be a good detective, ask the right questions and listen carefully to what the patient has to say. This will guide you to the correct remedy.
- When did the symptoms start?
- When did the rash appear?
- Does anything make you feel better or worse?
- What was going on before symptoms started?
- Were there any mental or emotional situations that could have triggered the onset?
- What in particular do you feel like eating or drinking?
- Are you chilly, or warm?
- How does the rash look?
- Where is the rash on the body?
- Are the eyes or nose running?
- What color is the discharge?
- Is there a cough?
- What does the cough sound like?
- Do you see Koplik spots?
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO CONSIDER
Aconite, Belladonna, Gelsemium, Pulsatilla, and Sulphur are important homeopathic remedies to consider in the event of measles. There can be many other remedies indicated also, including repeating a person’s constitutional remedy. If you or your child should fall ill, and you are under constitutional homeopathic care, always contact your homeopathy before taking a remedy.
ACONTIE NAPELLUS (Monkshood)
A sudden, violent onset of symptoms with a high fever, often as a result of a shock or fright or exposure to cold weather. A rash can be bright red and rough that burns and itches. Dry dark, barking, croupy cough, especially during the first 24 hours. Might be thirsty for cold drinks.
BELLADONNA (Deadly Nightshade)
A rapid or violent development of symptoms, usually accompanied by delirium, a hot flushed face, throbbing pains, and great sensitivity to light. It would not have the onset after a fright or shock. May desire lemons, lemonade, or sour food and cold water.
Eye symptoms are the most prominent. Eyes are sensitive with a burning watery discharge (nasal discharge is bland). Eyes are sensitive to light and the person is blinking. Headache in the area of the forehead. Usually needed in the early stages of measles.
GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS (Yellow Jasmine)
Illness starts after a fright or shock. The illness starts with a fever. There can be trembling and muscle aching and weakness, drowsiness, or dizziness. Headache in the back of the neck (or back of the head) extending to forehead. Hard, barking, croupy cough and hoarseness. Not thirsty. Chills run up and down the spine.
Usually needed in the later stages of measles when the fever is not as high, when the rash is quickly beginning to fade. The person is warm and prefers the window open. Their temperament is changeable, clingy and weepy. They do not want to be left alone. Nose is runny and there is a thick yellow-green discharge. There may be an earache or diarrhea. They will not be thirsty, but desire rich food, ice cream, but have an aversion to milk or pork. And then they feel worse after eating the rich food.
Measles rash will appear late with lots of itching. Skin may look dusky with a dark rash. Mood would be opinionated, critical and philosophical. Heat will make the itch worse, as will heat of bed and bathing. Eyelids can be red and burning. There can be excessive perspiration with a bad-smelling odor.
HOW TO GIVE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES IN ILLNESS
Use 30C potency. Without touching pellets with your fingers, drop 3 pellets in a 1/2 cup of water. Stir and give 1 spoonful every 15 minutes for 2 hours or if the person starts to feel better. Stop if the person starts to feel better, and wait to see how long it holds. Repeat giving one spoonful only as needed. If in two hours, there is no relief, review the symptoms, try the next best remedy choice. Other potencies to consider are 6C, 6C, and 30X.
Homeopathic Self-Care by Robert Ullman, ND, and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND., 1997.
Copyright © 2014 –, Myra Nissen.
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