Homeopathy Masters on How to Support a Patient During Measles

Measles is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, symptoms of intoxication, enanthem (rash on the mucous membranes), maculopapular rash, conjunctivitis and affection of upper respiratory tract.

Measles virus (Polinosa morbillarum), a single-stranded, negative-sense, enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae. 

Мeasles infection is spread by a sick individual starting from the last two days of the incubation period and ending on the fourth day after the appearance of skin eruptions.

Life-long immunity is formed after the disease. It is claimed and believed that vaccination provides immunity as well. Attenuated virus strains cultivated on human’s or monkey’s kidney cells and used as live antivirus vaccine. Virus can be inactivated by heat, ultraviolet light, disinfection. 

Sporadic cases and limited measles outbreaks are happening from time to time. Measles outbreaks occur among vaccinated individuals as well (67–70% of all outbreaks). As a rule it happens among kids after 6 years of age, teens, students. 

Signs and symptoms: the duration of the incubation period is 9-11 days. During second half of the incubation period, initial symptoms of the disease can be observed – weight loss in children under one year old, slight fever in the evenings, slight cough and runny nose, swelling of the lower eyelid, conjunctivitis. Early symptoms of the disease are increase in body temperature up to 38-39 C or higher, weakness, low appetite. Cough changes to barking, symptoms of coryza and conjunctivitis intensify. One of the diagnostic symptoms – Koplik’s spots – small white spots that are commonly seen on the inside of the cheeks opposite the molars. Тhey have the appearance of small whitish slightly raised above the level of the mucous membranes specks, surrounded by a narrow border of redness, resembling semolina or bran. With the appearance of the exanthema, the enanthem disappears. By the 3rd – 4th day temperature slightly decreases. The period of exanthema is characterized by a strict appearance of rash. First, the rash appears on the face and neck, on the 2nd day on the body, hips and arms, on the 3rd day it appears on the feet and legs, and on the face they are already fading. Overall, measles usually resolves after about three weeks. Typical symptom of measles is conjunctivitis that often is purulent. All peripheral lymph nodes are enlarged. 

In conventional medicine “There is no specific antiviral treatment if measles develops. Instead the medications are generally aimed at treating superinfections, maintaining good hydration with adequate fluids, and pain relief. Some groups, like young children and the severely malnourished, are also given vitamin A, which act as an immunomodulator that boosts the antibody responses to measles and decreases the risk of serious complications.” (Wikipedia)

What homeopathy can offer to ease symptoms and decrease chance of complications?

Dr. Maurice Fortier-Bernoville in the book Eruptive Fever and Contagious Diseases of Children says: “From the appearance of the very symptom, the moment when the fever begins, when the diagnosis can only be presumed, faithful to our technique in the beginning of acute diseases, we will give a dose of Sulphur, preferably in the 30th. Do not repeat the dose. The remedy will act like the sweeper of toxins, which will prepare favourably the ground and will be capable in many cases to avoid complications or an atypical form of the disease”.

Then based on the symptoms is recommended to follow with:

Aconitum Napelis – if there is suddenness and intensity of the symptoms. Fever with dryness of the skin, restlessness, aggravation at night with anxiety, irritability, fear of death. Great thirst. Dry and violent cough. Eye symptoms: conjunctivitis, with the sensation of heat, of some foreign body under the eyelids. No suppuration. Photophobia. General sensation of pricking and formication, aggr. at night and by heat. It corresponds to the period of attack and at the beginning of the eruption. 

Belladonna – if child is nervous, alternate restlessness and depression, sweat. Rapid pulse, hard, tense like that of Aconite but depressible. Dilation of the pupils. Characteristic redness.

Ferrum Phosphoricum – an organism that does not defend well. The pulse is very rapid, tense and becomes easily irregular. Sudden congestion of the face, loss of general reaction. There are some children whose diseases are difficult to treat, who are fertile in complications. They are suited to this remedy.

Bryonia – It follows Aconite well. Restlessness yields to rest. The patient is broken down, becomes immobile, and is afraid of any movement which aggravates. The fever is accompanied by throbbing pains, dryness of the mouth, intense thirst for large quantity of water at long intervals. The face is flushed; often abundant sweat. Intense headache, aggravated by least movement of the head. The cough is without expectoration or followed by rare expectoration. The cough is painful. Pain in the larynx which is dry, in thorax with retrosternal heaviness. He is hungry. Fullness and heaviness of the stomach, aggravated by ingestion of even liquid food. Eruptive period. Rhinitis, laryngo-tracheitis of measles.

Ipecacacuana – Acts on two kinds of symptoms. On the one hand tracheo-bronchitic inflammation and conjunctivitis and on the other hand gastric catarrh. The cough is spasmodic, with expectoration. There are rales in the chest, coryza with the sensation of blocked nose, lachrymation. Nausea without vomiting. Tongue is clear, or very little coated. The patient is irritable, dose not know what he wants, always complains, eruptive period.

Pulsatilla – The eruption changes colour, passing from light red to violet which becomes pale later on. The functional and general symptoms calm down. The skin has the well known marble – like appearance. The oculo-nasal catarrh is very often abundant, but it is non-irritating. The same can be said of the expectoration which is greasy and non – irritating and come up by the last effort. The cough may however become moist during the day and dry at night. The mouth is dry but there is no thirst; the tongue is dry, dirty. The stomach is full aggravated by fatty food. The restlessness, the broken down condition and the irritability have all disappeared. The child is calm and requires fresh air. Pulsatilla follows till the cure of the 1st symptoms of measles. In some very particular cases this remedy is useful for ophthalmia as a sequel of measles and for the cure of catarrh with loss of taste. End of eruptions, beginning of recovery period.

At the beginning of convalescence (recovery) Sulphur again comes in to “finish” the case as Dr. Constantine Hering says. It is given in the 30th or 200th, one dose only after the fall of the temperature.

In case of complications remedies like Gelsemium, Rhus Toxicodendron, Arsenicum Album, Muriaticum Acidum, Lachesis, Apis Mellifica, Cuprum Metallicum, Starmonium, Zincum, Euphrasia, Capsicum, Mercurius Solubius, Kali-Bichromicum, Spongia Tosta, Hepar Sulphuris Calcarea and others can be helpful.

Call your homeopath for professional advice.

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