Measles, also called rubeola, is a viral infection that starts in the respiratory system.
The measles virus resides in the mucus of your nose and throat. It could be spread into the air and by getting into direct contact with someone with measles. The virus could stay alive on surfaces and in the air for more than 2 hours. It's very contagious.
Measles passes typically within 7 to 10 days.
After about Measles, a person gets immunity for the rest of their life!
Measles: Caused by the Rubeola virus.
Rubella: Caused by the Rubella virus.
Symptoms of Measles
Measles symptoms usually appear around 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms of Measles always include one of the three Cs:
Coryza (runny nose)
Fever (up to 40.6 degrees Centigrades)
A skin rash
White spots inside the mouth
The rash begins typically behind the ears and covers all the head and neck. A couple of days later, the spots spread to the rest of the body.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. You can catch the virus by the droplets of saliva from another person with Measles.
There's no specific treatment for Measles. The ideal way to prevent complications is to call your Doctor and self-isolation.
Scedule an appoinment with your Dr. to get the vaccine
Getting vaccinated is the most reliable way to prevent Measles. Also, you can:
Practice good hand hygiene
Don't share any personal item with people who may be ill
Avoid contact with people who have Measles
If you have Measles:
Stay home, put you or your child in self-isolation
Cover the nose and mouth if you have a cough or sneeze (with a medical mask, a tissue or your elbow)
Wash your hands frequently
The Well-child visits with the pediatrician are of vital importance for the development of the child. Visits to the pediatrician will give the doctor many opportunities to examine the child and catch potential problems early.
As new parents, we may spend much of the day observing our little ones. We give you some information that you should take into account.
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