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What to do if I do not think I have measles. what disease is this?

What to do if I do not think I have measles. what disease is this?

Disease Diagnosis.: There isn't enough information to venture a guess. Medical evaluation may help to clarify the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Measles (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can you get measles or any other disease from a parcel that was delivered from a different country ? Basically can diseases live on packages and the items that come with it?

Can you get measles or any other disease from a parcel that was delivered from a different country ?  Basically can diseases live on packages and the items that come with it?

Usually not: Viruses usually need living hosts to survive. Measles virus is intracellular. The virus spreads by the respiratory route via aerosol droplets and respiratory secretions which can remain infectious for several hours. The infection is acquired through the upper respiratory tract or conjunctiva. ...Read more

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What disease is measles sometimes confused with?

What disease is measles sometimes confused with?

Maybe roseola?: This is a disease with high fever which comes down and then a rash breaks out. There are many viruses that carry unique symptoms and some similar. All the best. ...Read more

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How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

Immunizations.....: Have dramatically reduced the incidence of many childhood afflictions, some that were life-threatening or associated with significant morbidity. They are among the great success stories of modern medicine. Proof of this is represented by the difficulty young physicians have diagnosing illnesses that were once common. Notably, we are now seeing these illnesses develop in those with waning immunity. ...Read more

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If my son was vaccinated against MMR and still got the disease, will it be less dangerous ? Can it still be fatal ? Which age groups die from measles?

If my son was vaccinated against MMR and still got the disease, will it be less dangerous ? Can it still be fatal ? Which age groups die from measles?

Modified measles...: Measles vaccine is VERY effective. "Modified measles"--measles in a vaccinated person--is much milder than the full disease; symptoms are less severe, much less likely to develop complications. Pneumonia, croup, & encephalitis are common causes of death from full measles; encephalitis is the most common cause of long-term problems. Complication/death rates are higher in those 20 years old. ...Read more

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My mom had german measles in the 1st trimester of her pregnancy in me. Is their a possibility that i could get heart diseases from it?

Yes: The more common results of rubella during first trimester include sensorineural deafness (58%), eye abnormalities—especially retinopathy, cataract and microphthalmia (43%) and congenital heart disease—especially patent ductus arteriosus (50% of patients). ...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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Were symptoms of measles in the 1890s the same as symptoms of measles in the 1990's?

Yes: Yes but in the 1890's more people died from the measles than in the 1990's due to improved medical care. Measles is not a good virus to catch so get vaccinated. ...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?

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