How To Treat Measles

When you have measles it may be necessary to take Motrin or Tylenol to bring down the fever and to stop the headaches and head pains. Do not give aspirin to anyone eighteen or under unless directed by a doctor, because of its association with Reye's Syndrome.

Dimming the lights and closing the blinds may help with the headache. Wear sunshades if you have to step outside. Do not read or do meticulous work; if you want to, stop before your eyes become further irritated. You should not watch television or do any work on the computer, because these actions may also bother your eyes. If your eyes become irritated you should cool them down with a cold, damp rag.

Take a long bath in oatmeal to stop the itching. Make sure that you stay in the oatmeal bath for at least thirty minutes to get the most benefit.

It's important to rest while you have the fever and rash. Measles is highly contagious, so you should not go to work; if you have a child with measles, keep her home from school. A vaporizer with strong vapor will help break up the mucus if you are congested.

Drinking a lot of fluids will improve the way you feel.  Water is usually best. For maximum comfort, it may be necessary to heat or cool your beverage of choice; do whichever most improves your sore throat. By mixing lemon juice and honey, you can make your own cough syrup. Take about 1,000 to 3,000 mg of Vitamin C per day in a few divided doses; this helps support your immune system.

It's most important to stay in the house, out of the sun, and use a refreshing rag to cool down your body. You'll want to minimize your exposure to sunlight; this can irritate your skin even more and make the rash worse.

Since measles is caused by a virus, there isn't much you can do to get rid of it; you'll just have to wait it out. The best thing to do is just lie in your bed and relax until the rash and fever have disappeared. If the rash doesn't fade away in 5-7 days, be sure to schedule a visit with your doctor to see if he can prescribe medication to help the swelling and rash. If your pain is severe or your fever won't go down in spite of medication, get to the hospital right away; measles doesn't usually have serious complications, but severe cases have been known to cause death. 


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