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Symptoms and treatments for measles

Most folks in the UK and the US have been vaccinated for measles as young children. However, there are still new cases today where measles are brought in from developing countries. You can develop measles from people that give no signs or symptoms of the illness and you become infected. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and get proper treatment.

Tips about measles

Measles are very contagious and develop from a virus. If they are left untreated, it can result in serious consequences. Small numbers of adults and children with measles may develop ear infections or pneumonia and some may even die from measles.

Signs of measles show up in 10-12 days after being exposed to measles virus. If you have not been immunized or had the measles, it may be smart to take note of the symptoms and treatments if you have recently travelled.

Measles symptoms

People or children who contract measles may develop tiny red spots on the skin or mouth with blue-white centres. The rash spreads easily from areas near the hairline and behind the ears eventually spreading to the legs and then the feet. Rashes may be painful and red with significant swelling including itching in some cases.

Other symptoms of measles include a runny nose, coughing, fever and conjunctivitis, which is the swelling to the eyelids.

Measles treatments

Ibuprofen or acetaminophen help in reducing pains, aches and fever associated with measles. Wearing sunglasses or keeping the shades drawn and dimming lights may help to reduce eyelid irritations. Using a cool wet compress offers comfort and helps to soothe the eyes. Computer work or reading my further irritate eyes and should be limited.

Drink plenty of water and fluids and consider running a vaporizer to help with congestion and coughs.

Warnings about measles

If you have recently been exposed to measles or think you have the measles, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor. Typically, infants and adults experience more severe cases of measles.

In addition to the obvious systems of measles, some people may develop encephalitis, strep throat and bronchitis or ear infections.

Measles can be prevented by getting inoculated for MMR, which works to prevent measles, mumps and rubella.

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