rubella

Treat Rubella (German Measles) Naturally

Rubella, or German Measles, is beginning to see something of a resurgence. Though symptoms in adults and children are often mild, pregnant women should avoid exposure to anyone who has or may be carrying the virus as it can cause serious congenital defects and even death in an unborn fetus. If you or your child has contracted Rubella, be sure you inform their school or child care provider, anyone with a compromised immune system, friends, family and co-workers, especially pregnant women, that they may have been exposed to the disease so they can seek adequate medical treatment.

 

How do I know if I have rubella?

  • Mild fever
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Enlarged, tender lymph nodes
  • Pink rash that begins on the face and spreads to the body, then the arms and legs
  • Aching joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Red or inflamed eyes

 

How do I prevent rubella?

The best way to prevent getting rubella is to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. Girls, especially, should be vaccinated in order to prevent contracting rubella during pregnancy as rubella is the leading cause of congenital deafness and other defects.

 

How can I treat rubella?

  • Stay hydrated. Drink fruit juices and water to keep your body from getting worse through dehydration.
  • Rest, rest, rest.
  • Use a warm, moist towel on the back of the neck to sooth swollen lymph nodes.
  • Keep hands covered if you or your child are scratching.
  • Use calamine lotion to help ease the itching.
  • Drink some chamomile tea with honey to help bring down the feature.
  • Take a lukewarm bath with water that has chamomile and lavender in it.
  • Control the spread of infection by diffusing tea tree oil, lemon oil and lavender oil.
  • Turmeric with a little honey and bitter gourd juice provides relief from symptoms and helps to kill off the virus.
  • Drink some licorice tea to help soothe an accompanying sore throat.
  • Barley water can help control a cough and sore throat as well.
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