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Is Measles Infectious
Extremely: Measles is transmitted via the respiratory route and an infected person can infect others up to 7 days prior to showing symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to protect yourself against this infection with the the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The clinical course of measles has 3 stages a. Incubation period at least eight days while asymptomatic b. Prodrome stage; symptomatic and c. Skin rashes; 5 days after the onset of symptoms an individual with measles can spread the disease to others for about 8 days; starting 4 days before the symptoms appears and ending when the rash has been present for 4 days. ...Read more
My kid got high fever followed by rashes like measles with brown vesicles extensively. What could be that? Is that contagious?
Call doc or ER: You do not say how old your kid is, or if any other symptoms. I am concerned when you say brown vesicles all over. If an google image search of chicken pox does not show you an almost exact similarity, then this could be very serious. Call his doctor right now or go to the ER. Best of luck! ...Read more
What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.
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
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 moreSee 13 more doctor answers
Measles and cough: Cough, runny nose, fever, inflamed eyes and sore throat usually precede the onset of the rash. Cough and other symptoms generally lasts for 2 to 3 days although can continue with rash. A person with measles can spread the virus to others for about eight days, starting four days before the rash appears and ending when the rash has been present for four days. ...Read more
Typical symptoms: Within seven to 14 days after getting infected with the measles, the first symptoms will appear. The earliest symptoms feel like a cold or the flu, with a fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Often the eyes get red and runny. Three to five days later, a red or reddish-brown rash forms and spreads down the body from head to foot. 2-3 days later you may start to see tiny spots inside the mouth ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pattern or test: There are blood tests to differentiate the presence of the measles virus & antibodies from other infections. There is also the fall back to pattern of illness. Measles has some distinctive physical findings that differ from other illnesses & a trained observer can often make the diagnosis based on these findings. ...Read more
Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
Yes: The percentage of full protection after a single dose runs about 85 % while a 2 dose series brings most up to over 95%. Imported cases from other countries represent our main risk of exposure, with an increasing problem of secondary cases in the unimmunized or partially immunized. ...Read more