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How is measles treated?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Fever control/fluids
Measles is a viral illness easily preventible with vaccination.
There has been an increase in the number of cases of measles in the U.S. Among children who are not immunized with the MMR vaccine. The symptoms of measles include fever, cough, head cold, pink eye, and a rash. Treatment is supportive with fever control and fluids, unless the child develops complications, like encephalitis.

In brief: Fever control/fluids
Measles is a viral illness easily preventible with vaccination.
There has been an increase in the number of cases of measles in the U.S. Among children who are not immunized with the MMR vaccine. The symptoms of measles include fever, cough, head cold, pink eye, and a rash. Treatment is supportive with fever control and fluids, unless the child develops complications, like encephalitis.
Dr. Ruben Nazario
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Relieve symptoms
There is no specific treatment for measles.
Acetaminophen, rest, and humidified air may help. Measles causes rash, runny nose, red eyes, fever, and rarely, pneumonia, seizures, and death. It is being seen more often, as parents delay or forgo the measles vaccine in their children, and especially in travelers abroad. The vaccine to prevent measles is given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years.

In brief: Relieve symptoms
There is no specific treatment for measles.
Acetaminophen, rest, and humidified air may help. Measles causes rash, runny nose, red eyes, fever, and rarely, pneumonia, seizures, and death. It is being seen more often, as parents delay or forgo the measles vaccine in their children, and especially in travelers abroad. The vaccine to prevent measles is given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Supportive care
Unfortunately, measels is a viral infection that has no specific treatment.
Alleviating the symptoms until the child's immune system fights the virus is the best treatment. Fever reducers, lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, saline & humidified air to alleviate cold symptoms is also helpful. Also watch for any signs of secondary infection (such as pneumonia or encephalitis- a brain infection).

In brief: Supportive care
Unfortunately, measels is a viral infection that has no specific treatment.
Alleviating the symptoms until the child's immune system fights the virus is the best treatment. Fever reducers, lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, saline & humidified air to alleviate cold symptoms is also helpful. Also watch for any signs of secondary infection (such as pneumonia or encephalitis- a brain infection).
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Of course, the best "treatment" for measles is prevention. Nothing comes close to vaccinations for disease prevention...well, except maybe clean water and hygiene!
Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It is not.
Once you have a case of the measles, it has to run its course.
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness with a high rate of medical complications. It can be prevented with vaccination, which i would highly recommend.

In brief: It is not.
Once you have a case of the measles, it has to run its course.
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness with a high rate of medical complications. It can be prevented with vaccination, which i would highly recommend.
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No treatment
There is no therapy. Prevention is the only treatment.

In brief: No treatment
There is no therapy. Prevention is the only treatment.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: There's no treatment
There is no treatment for measles.
Measles is a very contagious, very bad disease. So, children need to be vaccinated to avoid getting measles. In some severe cases, a drug called Ribavirin has been tried, to help fight the measles virus.

In brief: There's no treatment
There is no treatment for measles.
Measles is a very contagious, very bad disease. So, children need to be vaccinated to avoid getting measles. In some severe cases, a drug called Ribavirin has been tried, to help fight the measles virus.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It's not
Measles is an infection caused by a virus, so there are no effective medicines to treat measles.
Treatment is aimed at the symptoms: treat the fever with fever reducers, treat the dehydration with IV fluids, treat the lungs with oxygen or a respirator machine if needed. Measles is a devastating, possibly fatal disease. The best treatment is prevention: get the measles vaccine for your baby.

In brief: It's not
Measles is an infection caused by a virus, so there are no effective medicines to treat measles.
Treatment is aimed at the symptoms: treat the fever with fever reducers, treat the dehydration with IV fluids, treat the lungs with oxygen or a respirator machine if needed. Measles is a devastating, possibly fatal disease. The best treatment is prevention: get the measles vaccine for your baby.
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
In brief: Prevention First
Prevention is the best cure: immunization against measles is available and recommended.
To treat, supportive care with fluids, respiratory support as needed, antipyretics, a calm environment avoiding bright lights, etc. Vitamin a supplementation is indicated in some individuals 6 mo to 2 yrs of age. Ribavirin and interferon are emerging therapies which have not yet been proven effective.

In brief: Prevention First
Prevention is the best cure: immunization against measles is available and recommended.
To treat, supportive care with fluids, respiratory support as needed, antipyretics, a calm environment avoiding bright lights, etc. Vitamin a supplementation is indicated in some individuals 6 mo to 2 yrs of age. Ribavirin and interferon are emerging therapies which have not yet been proven effective.
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
In brief: With support
Measles has no cure.
Once someone has it, you can only ride it out. Keeping the fever down improves comfort and fluid intake. Acetaminophen can be helpful here. The best approach to measles is prevention by vaccine. Though we think of measles as generally harmless, it causes blindness, deafness, brain injury and death in thousands every year...Still. Remember, helen keller was a victim of measles.

In brief: With support
Measles has no cure.
Once someone has it, you can only ride it out. Keeping the fever down improves comfort and fluid intake. Acetaminophen can be helpful here. The best approach to measles is prevention by vaccine. Though we think of measles as generally harmless, it causes blindness, deafness, brain injury and death in thousands every year...Still. Remember, helen keller was a victim of measles.
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Supportve Care
Measles is a viral disease, so no antibiotics are effective.
Anti viral drugs do not appear to work. Hydration and controlling the temperature are mainstays. Pneumonia and encephalitis require more intense measures such as ventilator to assist breathing.The best treatment is prevention thru imunization. Get a measles vaccination series.

In brief: Supportve Care
Measles is a viral disease, so no antibiotics are effective.
Anti viral drugs do not appear to work. Hydration and controlling the temperature are mainstays. Pneumonia and encephalitis require more intense measures such as ventilator to assist breathing.The best treatment is prevention thru imunization. Get a measles vaccination series.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
In brief: Supportive
There is no treatment for measles, a very serious viral infection.
Children with measles are treated supportively. Measles is preventable. Prevention is the only way to control measles, as it is highly contagious. Your child should receive two doses of measles vaccine, the first should be given just after the first birthday.

In brief: Supportive
There is no treatment for measles, a very serious viral infection.
Children with measles are treated supportively. Measles is preventable. Prevention is the only way to control measles, as it is highly contagious. Your child should receive two doses of measles vaccine, the first should be given just after the first birthday.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
In brief: Best is prevention!
As with many of the vaccine-preventable diseases, treatment options are often limited to supportive care.
Basically, you have to just suffer through and hope the body fights off the infection and that no complications arise. (complications of these illnesses are often the worst part.) vaccines stimulate your immune system to fight these germs off before any chance of problems can arise.

In brief: Best is prevention!
As with many of the vaccine-preventable diseases, treatment options are often limited to supportive care.
Basically, you have to just suffer through and hope the body fights off the infection and that no complications arise. (complications of these illnesses are often the worst part.) vaccines stimulate your immune system to fight these germs off before any chance of problems can arise.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
In brief: Symptom treatment
There is no treatment for measles.
Only symptom care such as treating fever with Motrin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or treating cough and congestion. Hydration is also important.

In brief: Symptom treatment
There is no treatment for measles.
Only symptom care such as treating fever with Motrin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or treating cough and congestion. Hydration is also important.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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