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Measles & its Treatments

May 28, 2013

Measles is a highly contaminated illness caused by a virus. It begins with a high temperature that takes a couple of days to cure .The virus stays in the mucus of the nasal area and also in the neck of the people suffering with this infection. Physical contact, coughing and sneezing can spread the disease. In addition, contaminated droplets of mucus can remain active and contagious for around two hours.

Symptoms of Measles

measlesOnce the person is affected with the virus, the virus starts spreading in the back of the neck and in lungs and then spreads throughout the body. The most typical signs of measles are:

  • High temperature
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness and pains
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting

Most children suffering with this disease feel better within 10 days. A frustrating coughing may continue to persist for several days after other symptoms have disappeared. The immune system creates antibodies during the disease. These fight off the virus and then provide long term immunity. It is therefore unusual to have more than one bout of measles.

Complications of Measles

Problems are more likely found in kids, with a bad immune system, such as those suffering with leukemia or HIV, those who are malnourished, kids less than five years and grownups. Many kids in the world die when they get measles, usually from a secondary pneumonia. There are still periodic reports of kids in the UK who die from complications of measles. These kids have usually not been immunised.

Common complications are:

  • Eye infection
  • Laryngitis
  • Ear infection
  • Infections of the airway such as bronchitis


There is no particular medicine that destroys the measles virus. Treatment is designed to convenience signs until your immune mechanisms clears up the infection. For most situations, bed rest and simple measures to decrease a high temperature are all that are needed for a full restoration. Symptoms will usually vanish within 7-10 days.

  • Drink water as much as you can to prevent dehydration.
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofens can relief fever and aches.
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