Rubella is a mild viral infection that occurs commonly in children. It is more serious to adults, and especially pregnant women. Although cases in the developed world are now extremely rare due to the introduction of the MMR vaccine. 

The disease can last between 1 and 3 days and can pass unnoticed. It can be fatal in very rare cases.

Rubella signs and symptoms:
The initial symptoms of rubella are very similar to a cold or mild flu, accompanied with a low grade fever. 

The primary symptom of rubella however develops shortly after the onset of of the flu symptoms. A rash starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. The rash may be absent, especially in young children.

Other symptoms can follow the onset of the rash, including swollen glands which can persist for a week after the other symptoms have subsided. Joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis are also common. 

Lifestyle tips:
The best way to avoid rubella is the make sure you have had the MMR vaccine and have any recommended boosters. The rubella vaccine causes immunity to 90-99% of those that receive it.

Due to the viral nature of rubella, having an active, healthy lifestyle can help stop the more unpleasant symptoms developing. Rubella is extremely infections but a strong natural immune system will help hasten your recovery. 

Diet tips:
At present no clinical trials have been carried out that have investigated the success of a particular diet to treat rubella.

It is important to support your immune system in general with a good diet. 

To reduce your risk of catching rubella you should eliminate all suspected food allergens. You can ask your GP to test you for any allergy. Whole grain foods are a really good source of vitamin B and iron which are very important. Try and eat lots of foods high in antioxidants. Fruit and veg are perfect, especially blueberries, tomatoes, squashes and peppers.

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, and drinking between 1.6 litres (women) and 2 litres (men) of water is recommended.  

Akoma recommends:
As rubella can cause a prickly rash, it’s important to apply products to your skin that encourage recovery.

Akoma Palm Oil is naturally pro-vitamin A and vitamin E that keeps the skin healthy along with the linings of some parts of the body, such as the nose. It also has a high concentration of lycopene which is beneficial for the skin’s elasticity.

This combination of ingredients is very important for helping your skin rebuild the damaged cells from a rubella rash.

Applying pure vitamin E straight to the affected area also helps to soothe the irritated skin. Akoma Pure Vitamin E Oil is 100% natural and derived from a natural source of non-GMO soya bean. Massage it into the recovering rash before you go to bed to calm and hydrate the area overnight.