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What should one not do when having a measles infection?

What should one not do when having a measles infection?

Don't infect others: Stay isolated from other individuals who may be susceptible. Most persons in the U.S. Have been immunized. Unfortunately because of religious beliefs, some pseudoscience suggesting autism results from vaccines, etc. There are increasing numbers of susceptible persons. For yourself, treat yourself symptomatically and avoid overdoing things. Rest and recover. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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A girl of ten years was vaccinated for measles at birth. She had measles infection at four years. Should she be vaccinated now or not?

A girl of ten years was vaccinated for measles at birth. She had measles infection at four years. Should she be vaccinated now or not?

Confusing question: At least in the us, the measles vaccine is never given before 6 mo(will not work), and then only if travel in an indemic area is planned. It is given at 1 ANS 4-5 yrs. If a wild case of measles is documented, the vaccine would not be needed, but separate MMR components are no longer produced or availabel in the us, and the other components would still be needed. Having the vaccine again is ok. ...Read more

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Might rubella (german measles) remain underlying in the skin after the infection has passed?

Might rubella (german measles) remain underlying in the skin after the infection has passed?

Rubella: No, you may be thinking of chicken pox, which lies dormant in the nerve root and comes out later in life as shingles. ...Read more

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Can measles lead to infertility in men? Is there even a possibility that the infection can cause infertility?

Can measles lead to infertility in men? Is there even a possibility that the infection can cause infertility?

Orchitis: Viral orchitis that leads to sterility is classically associated with mumps; i suppose that there would be a remote possibility that measles could present with this, but the odds would greatly be against that. ...Read more

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I am 25 weeks pregnant. I have not had the measle vaccine. I am on my second cold, possible sinus infection during 2nd trimester. Ive never been this sick before is it because I didnt get that shot?

I am 25 weeks pregnant. I have not had the measle vaccine. I am on my second cold, possible sinus infection during 2nd trimester. Ive never been this sick before is it because I didnt get that shot?

No: no it is not,make sure to check with your doctor, discuss everything happening to you while you are pregnant,you are on a very critical part of your pregnancy,keep in touch with your physician. ...Read more

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If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?

No: Viral carriage is not likely in an immune host. In order for a virus to survive it must be able to invade its host's cells, and pre-existing immunity should prevent this from occurring. ...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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Measles (Definition)

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 ...Read more