Measles is a very dangerous and infectious disease which occurs mostly in childhood and has symptoms like, fever, and rashes. Read the basic symptoms, causes, and treatment of measles so that timely treatment can be started as it can prove to be fatal if goes unnoticed.
Here are the most common symptoms, causes, and treatment of measles.
Symptoms of measles.
Any symptoms of measles start showing after around 9-11 days after contact or exposure to the rubeola virus. Some symptoms of measles are fever, dry cough, redness in the eyes or watering eyes, sensitivity towards lights, muscle aches, running nose, sneezing, sore throat, conjunctivitis, very small greyish-white spots in the mouth, etc. All or some of these symptoms can indicate measles. Also, the most important symptom is when you start seeing rashes on the skin.
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Causes of Measles.
We know now that measles is a highly communicable/contagious disease which can spread by physical contact and even if you breathe in the infected air. Measles is caused by a virus that grows in the mucus of the nose, hence causing our body to have a runny nose and sneezing. It also spreads in the throat of the infected person. The virus stays active for hours on non-living objects, which makes it even more deadly. You might not even know how you got infected because by even touching your virus-infected fingers with to your nose or mouth can cause measles to you. This happens when you touch things that are infected, or stand near someone who sneezes and spreads the infection.
Treatment/Prevention of Measles.
You must understand that it is not easy to control this type of virus from spreading around. But nevertheless, some of these small precautions will go a long way to prevent it from spreading to others around you:
- Staying isolated for a few days. Stay indoors. Measles is highly contagious even till 4-5 days after the rashes broke. The falling drying skin of the measles is contagious too.
- Separately wash the clothes of the infected person with an anti-bacterial liquid like Dettol.
- Have enough liquid to stay hydrated.
- Eat only light food with no spices.
- Do not scratch even if you feel itchy.
- You can put calamine lotion on the rashes, but do consult your doctor before applying anything.
- Avoid smoking and drinking.
- Do not allow small children, pregnant women and old people to enter the room of the infected person as they are more susceptible to catching an infection.
- The person taking care of the patient should use gloves and face mask and still must wash his hands thoroughly right after coming in contact with the person – directly or indirectly.
These were some basic symptoms, causes, and treatment of measles that you must circulate around your groups to prevent them from this deadly disease.
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