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What Is Measles
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. ...Read more
By the time the...: ...Rash comes out, the child with measles will have had several days of high fever, headaches, sore throat, severe cough, eye pain and redness, possibly seizures, shortness of breath, or coma. The rash usually just confirms the diagnosis already made from other findings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Malaria: The economics and morbidity and mortality of this disease are closely tied together. In addition to eliminating a major cause of childhood death it will allow members of the populations at risk to work longer hours, not expend financial resources on medications, and relieve much of the burden placed on the social and health care systems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rubella: Rubella is the virus causing the "german" measles, sometimes called the "three day" measles. It can cause serious problems for an unborn baby (congenital rubella syndrome) if mom contracts this virus in the first half of the pregnancy. Other than in pregnancy, severe or serious complications are uncommon with rubella. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Measles virus: Measles vaccine is made from measles virus, but it's altered so that it causes no disease in most, but slight disease in a few (low grade fever and/or rash for 1-2 days). It is delivered via a needle into the tissue that lies under the skin. It stimulates the immune system to make antibodies against the virus, but without having to have the full-blown illness, with all the illness's risk, first. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Immune issues: See your doc. Some people have immune deficiencies that can prevent the normal responses to vaccines. ...Read more
Disease Diagnosis.: There isn't enough information to venture a guess. Medical evaluation may help to clarify the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more
Recurrent measles, what is the cause and the maximum number of times measles can reoccur in a person who has been infected once already?
Odd statement: There are a large number of processes that may produce a "measles like" rash. There is also more than one measles.I suspect you are referring to someone who has had such reactions and either self labeled or been labeled as recurrent measles. To document measles you need blood tests, or a doc that has seen it before and knows true measles well.It doesn't recur unless you have an immune defect. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two of my colleagues have been diagnosed with measles. What should I be looking out for? Is there any way to prevent getting ill?
Immunization: There is evidence that the measles immunization given within 72 hrs of exposure can protect some. For vulnerable persons the measles immunoglobulin can be given up to 6 days after exposure & will reduce the effects of the illness. This can all be discussed with your primary care provider who would know what if any of these are available in your area. ...Read more
My 2 year of son may have measles. what treatment can I give at home to help. He will be going to the Doctor as well.
Comfort measures: True measles & a lot of what looks like it are viral in origin & have no particular treatments. The main problems come from the worrisome complications. Many get bacterial ear infections or pneumonia as the process progresses. This can be sorted out with a visit. Keeping them hydrated & fed while they have a poor appetite is a challenge. High fever can benefit from ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more
Yes.: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6115a1.htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
? define measles ?: There are 2 separate infections commonly labeled measles and one often called baby measles. All are caused by different viruses that confer lifelong immunity after infection. A problem with many is the similarity of the rashes and the tendency of many to self label. Many docs don't want you in the office for confirmation as you would expose other patients. The short answer is no. ...Read more
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