Measles, rubeola

  • Viral infection that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include small bluish red spots inside the mouth, skin rash that spreads from head to toe, fever and cough
  • Spread by breathing in infected droplets from the air or contact with infected saliva
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age in individuals not vaccinated against measles but more common in children
  • May be mild to severe
  • May be life threatening especially in children

  • Keep away from others for 4 days after rash breaks out
  • Keep child warm and comfortable
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Keep the lights low, limit reading and television

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

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