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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
222 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.).

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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.

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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.

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What causes measles?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How can I get rid of marks from measles?

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

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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.

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If someone had mmr, both jabs and gets measles, are they at a low risk of complications as they had the vaccination?

If someone had mmr, both jabs and gets measles, are they at a low risk of complications as they had the vaccination?

Measles complication: Yes, although are you sure you have measles. You may be dealing with anothervirus.

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Are genetics involved with measles?

Are genetics involved with measles?

No: Measles as a human infection attacks us all regardless of our genetic composition.

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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.

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What can prevent measles and german measles?

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

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