Top
19
Doctor insights on: Measles Vs Shingles

Share
1

1
Is measles related to shingles ?

Is measles related to shingles ?

Infectious Diseases: Nope. Not in any way. Measles is a life threatening infection that is caused by rubeola. Shingles is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of a prior chicken pox infection in one nerve tract in the skin. They are in no way related.

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Bernard Seif
222 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
I recently had shingles, should I be worried about measles, age:62?

I recently had shingles, should I be worried about measles, age:62?

Measles: These are two very different conditions. There is no epidemic of measles among the elderly in america. And, given your age you are more than likely to be fully immunized if you grew up here in the United States. Why the concern?

3

3
How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles ?

How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles ?

Different rashes: They have a different package of symptoms. The simplest answer is that the rashes are not the same.Shingles generally is found in a more localized patch on the body with red bumps with blisters appearing. Rubella rash has an appearance more like prickly heat.Shingles rash may itch , burn or be painful. Rubella rash does not.Rubella may have fever and respiratory symptoms.

4

4
What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

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.

5

5
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].

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
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.

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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.

8

8
In what ways is measles spread?

In what ways is measles spread?

Respiratory route: Measles is thought to spread via the respiratory route -- so inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person can lead to infection. It is an extremely contagious disease, as an infected person may spread the virus up to 7 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 3-4 days following the onset of symptoms. You can prevent yourself from infection with the MMR (mumps measles rubella) vaccine.

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
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.

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
What typically causes the measles?

What typically causes the measles?

Measles virus: This has nothing to do with bacteria. It is a measles virus, a member of the paramyxoviridae family.Humans are the only known carrier/host. It can be contained by vaccinating all susceptible humans. It has many possible serious complications which include death in 1/1000 cases.

11

11
What should you not do if you have measles?

What should you not do if you have measles?

Do Not Go Out/Infect: If you have measles one thing you do not do is go out where there are other people as you are very contagious and will infect all susceptible people who you are around with.If you are going to the Doctors office notify them that you have a rash and fever so that they can take precautions

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
How contagious is measles?

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.

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Can measles be prevented?

Can measles be prevented?

Yes: Infection with the measles virus can be prevented through vaccination with the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine.

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Are genetics involved with measles?

Are genetics involved with measles?

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

16

16
How long does fever last with measles?

How long does fever last with measles?

Variable: Since there is no specific treatment for measles, the treatment consists of anti-pyretics, such as acetaminophen, which work to calm down a fever.

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
1 doctor agreed:
17

17
Does your skin peel after the measles?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
1 doctor agreed:

It can: Yes, the classic measles rash has a peeling phase during convalescence.

18

18
Are measles and german measles the same?

No: Measles (also known as rubeola) is caused by a completely different virus from german measles (also known as rubella), but you can prevent being infected by both viruses by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination.

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
How can I get rid of marks from measles?

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

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
815 doctors shared insights

Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more