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Measles – Symptoms, Treatments and Causes

A respiratory tract viral infection commonly found in children. Extremely rare (Fewer than 1,000 cases per year in US) Transmitted through saliva Usually preventable by vaccine Diagnosis doesn’t require lab test or imaging Can often be self-treated Can last several days or weeks It is a contagious viral infection and can spread through the contact of virus infected saliva or mucus which is released by the patient when sneezing or coughing. It takes about 10-15 days to show up symptoms like cough, fever, red eyes, sneezing. No treatment is needed for measles as it resolves on its own. Medication is prescribed to ease the symptoms. Symptoms: Fever, A run- down or lethargic feeling, Cough, Red eyes (conjunctivitis), Runny nose, Loss of appetite, Dry hacking cough, Conjunctivitis, or swollen lids and inflamed eyes, Watery eyes, Photophobia, or sensitivity to light, Sneezing, Areddish- brown rash, Generalized body aches. Treatments: There is no medication to treat measles and usually the infection would lessen in two – three weeks. If the affected person is a child who is likely to be deficient in vitamin A the world health organization recommends vitamin A supplementation. Vaccination is highly effective at interrupting transmission and preventing outbreaks, but personal immunity is incomplete requiring a high level of vaccine uptake in a population. Medication Analgesics: Relieve fever and muscle aches.Acetaminophen Antibiotics: In case of any Bacterial infections antibiotics are recommended. Penicillin · Streptomycin Vitamin supplements: Used To lessen the severity of measles.
Vitamin A Self care Rest. Increase the intake of fluids (six to eight glasses of water a day). Use humidifier to ease a cough and sore throat. Causes: It is caused by the virus Rubeola, The virus lives in the nose or throat of an infected person and can remain active on the surfaces as well. The disease is contagious and the virus spreads through the mucus or saliva when the patient sneezes or coughs. Consult a medical professional for advice. Data from: Focus Medica. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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