Measles Causes & Symptoms

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Measles is an infection of the respiratory system and is also called as morbilli. This is a respiratory infection caused by a virus which is referred as morbillivirus and its symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, itching and rashes.

Measles is a contagious disease which is spread through respiration and it even spreads through drinking from the same glass as of the patient or eating, touching etc. In the early stages of measles the patient feels lethargic and very weak, firstly it starts with a head ache, runny nose and sneezing, the eyes usually become red which is accompanied by cough and sore throat. This continues for three to four days which later leads to fever accompanied by rashes on the skin.

When the fever starts the rashes become like a cluster of red blanket over the patient’s body the rashes are just like small red dots. The study reveals that this is a form of deadly poison present in the body which spreads over the body. This lasts for almost fourteen days.

Fever is usually very high with chills and extreme cold. It is dangerous if it’s left untreated and when it appears in the eyes it is considered to be at the most dangerous stage. Complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.

After 8 to 10 days these rashes start to become dry and start to fall like dead skin and this is when extra care has to be taken as this is the most contagious stage and can spread very fast. It spreads to the mouth, gums and eyes wherein the patient is unable to drink eat or swallow. Neem leaves are usually applied on the body to avoid itching and neem acts as an antibiotic to the rashes.

Patients should be kept on respiratory precautions and although this infection can affect the non human species too but humans should be careful who live around the patient and let the patient stay in a different room for 10 to 12 days till the disease is completely treated.



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