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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Measles (Overview)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). 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 ?

Uncertain: It is not entirely clear what the portal of entry of the virus is, even though it appears to gain entry via the upper respiratory tract. It may get into the fetus by infected cells carried through the placenta, but this, to my knowledge, is not entirely clear. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
215 doctors shared insights

Measles (Overview)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). 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

No comparison: Thrush is a yeast infection in the baby's mouth and shows up as white, cheesy like material on the tongue, gums and sides of the mouth that doesn't scrape off like milk remnants. Measles is a rash all over the body and koplik spots are red spot on the inside of the cheeks. ...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?

Single viral strain: Measles is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more

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