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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Measles (Overview)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The MMR vaccine prevents measles.


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How does the measles virus enter the fetus?

How does the measles virus enter the fetus?

Via the placenta: The only potential entry point for measles virus to a fetus is the shared blood supply with the mother (placenta/umbilical cord). Other potential invaders are kept out by the membranes that surround the fetus and the womb. For this reason, only a mother who becomes infected with measles during pregnancy can have a baby affected by the measles virus. If mom is immune, the fetus cannot get it. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
230 Doctors shared insights

Measles (Overview)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The MMR vaccine prevents measles.


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How do I tell the difference between thrush and a symptom of measles

How do I tell the difference between thrush and a symptom of measles

Measles=very sick: Patients with measles are very ill, with fever, lethargy and a rash which starts behind the ears and progresses down the body. There may be a few white dots inside the mouth. Thrush is a minor illness with white patches on the insides of the cheeks or on the tongue and lips, usually without fever or other signs of systemic illness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of measles?

What are the symptoms of measles?

Fever, rash, cough: Measles is a severe illness. Affected people act quite ill, with high fevers, a rash, and often a very severe cough. The eyes may also be bright red. ...Read more

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How is measles treated?

How is measles treated?

Treat symptoms: Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific medication for measles. Most children with measles are miserable. Fever & pain control with Acetaminophen are typical. Dehydration is a common complication which needs to be treated. Measles is highly contagious you will want to keep your sick child away from others. Prevention with vaccine is recommended. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose and treat measles?

Clinical exam/tests: For those who trained in an era where measles was common, diagnosis by history and physical exam is possible, but many providers today have never seen a case in the US and clinical suspicion needs to be confirmed by blood tests. Treatment is supportive, through the high fevers and multi-system complications. The worst cases are hospitalized for fluids and immuno-therapy. ...Read more

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How do you get a test for measles immunity?

Blood test: A simple blood test can check your level of measles immunoglobulin to see if you are immune (from having had either the disease or the vaccine.). ...Read more

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Is it psoooble to still have a baby of I have german measles and my tests reflect positive for IgG and igm?

Is it psoooble to still have a baby of I have german measles and my tests reflect positive for IgG and igm?

Confusing question: If you are pregnant & the rubella igm and igg are both positive, the fetus likely has congenital rubella and may have any of it's many complications. If you are not pregnant but had a recent case or shot for rubella, the numbers tell us your body is developing immunity & future pregnancies should be protected from the virus. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics given for me to are antibiotics given for measles and how do I know if my child has it?

Are antibiotics given for me to are antibiotics given for measles and how do I know if my child has it?

Measles Rx: Antibiotics are not used to treat Measles, as this is a viral infection which will not respond to any current antibiotic. Diagnosis of measles is typically done by a physician by physical findings, vaccination status and bloodwork. ...Read more

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What causes measles?

A virus: Measles is a contagious disease cause by a virus. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with german measles. What does this mean?

German Measles: Most of the population get vaccinated to this. It will run it's course with him and he needs to keep away from un-vaccinated people. It is more of a problem with pregnant patients who have no immunity because it can cause mental retardation in the baby. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for measles in general?

Symptomatic care: Measles is not generally treated specifically but rather the affected individual is given meds to decrease fever, headache and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for german measles?

Rubella: The best way to "treat" german measles or rubella is to prevent it by being vaccinated against it and having your children vaccinated against it. ...Read more

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How do you cure measles?

Comfort care: Measles is a viral illness common in unvaccinated populations. The illness runs thru its stages and recovery is generally complete. A portion will have complications;ear & lung infection that require rx, a few may develop life threatening encephalitis (more in <5yo).The world health organization recomends vitamin a supplements to help reduce mortality. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of marks from measles?

Doubtful DX: With few exception, Measles generally does not leave mark! ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the preventive drugs for measles in homeopathy?

Can you please tell me the preventive drugs for measles in homeopathy?

Controversial: It is controversial, because there is no absolute guarantee of immunity even with standard immunizations. But for german measles, some use pulsatilla and the rubella nosode. For red measles (roseola): aconitum napellus, arsenicum album, morbillinum, pulsatilla, and varicellinium. Personally, I don't do this -- and treat homeopathically from what the patient actually presents. ...Read more

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What is the risk of measles for someone with chronic asthma or copd?

Yes: Having chronic lung disease, doesn't protect one from measles, nor does it increase the risk. It doesn't increase the risk of severe disease from measles. ...Read more

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What can prevent measles and german measles?

MMR vaccine.: Mmr vaccination is mandatory and can prevent both afflictions. ...Read more

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My sister have a measles. How can I avoid getting it?

Many issues: Were you vaccinated as a kid? Is this real measles or one of the copycat viruses? If real and you were vaccinated, you don't have much to worry about. If unvaccinated and exposed the vaccine may help protect you if given within 72 hrs of exposure. There is also an Immune Globulin available is some high risk cases. ...Read more

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What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

The measles virus: This is one of many viral diseases that caused epidemics around the world and killed a significant percentage of its victims. It has been credited with decimating the native american population in the US after arriving with the Spanish. After the measles vaccine was developed, the frequency declined. It is still deadly and still occurring in the US, more now that some refuse vaccines. ...Read more

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What causes measles?

A virus: Measles is a contagious disease cause by a virus. ...Read more

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What are the measles?

What are the measles?

Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more

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How is measles treated?

Treat symptoms: Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific medication for measles. Most children with measles are miserable. Fever & pain control with Acetaminophen are typical. Dehydration is a common complication which needs to be treated. Measles is highly contagious you will want to keep your sick child away from others. Prevention with vaccine is recommended. ...Read more

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What to do for measles?

What to do for measles?

Tender loving care: There is no cure for measles [virus is too smart for us]. Do things to make yourself feel better while you wait for your body to kick out the virus. Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever or muscle aches. No aspirin! Call your doc [especially for babies]. Watch out for: ear pain, croup, diarrhea, severe cough/shortness of breath [pneumonia], lethargy/confusion [big deal brain infection]. ...Read more

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Who can get the measles?

Who can get the measles?

Not vaccinated: You can get measles if you haven't been vaccinated against measles. The MMR [measles, mumps, rubella] vaccine gives you 95-98% protection after the 2nd dose, which is pretty darn good. Usually you don't get measles if you've already had it once. ...Read more

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How do you cure measles?

Comfort care: Measles is a viral illness common in unvaccinated populations. The illness runs thru its stages and recovery is generally complete. A portion will have complications;ear & lung infection that require rx, a few may develop life threatening encephalitis (more in <5yo).The world health organization recomends vitamin a supplements to help reduce mortality. ...Read more

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Can you die from measles?

Unfortunately: As many as 1 out of 2000 infected people may die from measles infections which can cause serious pneumonia or encephalitis (a brain infection). This can be minimized by proper immunizations. Get the shot. ...Read more

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Who needs a Measles Shot?

MMR indications: The measles vaccine, commonly combined with immunization against Mumps and Rubella, is recommended to be administered at 1 year and 4 years of age. People who have been inadequately vaccinated according to this schedule and who have been exposed to the measles should be vaccinated within 72 hours to help prevent transmission. ...Read more

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Can you get measles again?

Confusing question: Wild measles is thought to provide lifetime immunity. The vaccine has been available in some form since 1963, but the early dosing schedule did not confer immunity to all. By the 1990's a second dose brought most into full immunity. If you had wild measles you are likely immune. Many viruses produce similar rashes and some labeled measles were likely something else. ...Read more

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How do you contract measles?

Contact with germ: Measles is an only human illness that is passed by direct contact with the oro-nasal secretions or airborn droplets coughed up by an infected person. Infected persons are contageous 1-2d prior to 5d after onset of the rash. When contageous particles enter your nose/eyes/mouth or throat, they may take 8-12 days before you have symptoms. Get vaccinated and you can avoid it. ...Read more

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What does measles look like?

By the time the...: ...Rash comes out, the child with measles will have had several days of high fever, headaches, sore throat, severe cough, eye pain and redness, possibly seizures, shortness of breath, or coma. The rash usually just confirms the diagnosis already made from other findings. ...Read more

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In what ways is measles spread?

In what ways is measles spread?

Respiratory route: Measles is thought to spread via the respiratory route -- so inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person can lead to infection. It is an extremely contagious disease, as an infected person may spread the virus up to 7 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 3-4 days following the onset of symptoms. You can prevent yourself from infection with the MMR (mumps measles rubella) vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does measles itch last?

How long does measles itch last?

5 to 7 days: Measles rash does not itch, but when the the rash is clearing it causes peeling of the skin like you see after sunburn and that may cause itching and it may take few days, Which varies in person to person but it does not take more than 5 to7 days ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of measles?

Fever, rash, cough: Measles is a severe illness. Affected people act quite ill, with high fevers, a rash, and often a very severe cough. The eyes may also be bright red. ...Read more

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What typically causes the measles?

What typically causes the measles?

Measles virus: This has nothing to do with bacteria. It is a measles virus, a member of the paramyxoviridae family. Humans are the only known carrier/host. It can be contained by vaccinating all susceptible humans. It has many possible serious complications which include death in 1/1000 cases. ...Read more

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Can you get measles more than once?

Can you get measles more than once?

Measles: Diseases such as chicken pox and measles are rarely caught more than once. As immune res-ponce from infections by virus infection in life long. ...Read more

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