Measles - Treatment


There is no specific treatment to cure measles. Treatment is aimed to ease and manage the symptoms until the body's immune system clears the infection. Symptoms will usually disappear with 7 – 10 days.

Possible complications of measles include:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Ear infection
  • Inflammation of the voice box
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Complications may require antibiotics treatment and in some cases vitamin A supplements are prescribed if the condition is severe.  In normal cases, the doctors will suggest you to get plenty of rest and to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Using a humidifier to ease the cough and sore throat may help as well. Intravenous fluids may be required if the dehydration is severe.

Measles can be prevented by vaccination. Most cases will not have any side effects post vaccination.

Do you know? Measles can sometimes cause serious illness requiring hospitalization

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