How You Can Avoid Measles
It’s not common to hear about a case of the measles in the United States, though it does happen. This is mostly thanks to the measles vaccine, which most people now get as a child. However, those who are unvaccinated are at a higher risk of developing measles, especially if you’re deficient in vitamin A or are traveling to other countries where measles vaccines are not common, making it more widespread.
If you’re an adult and did not receive a measles vaccine as a child, it’s not too late. There is an adult measles vaccine that can help protect you against this infection. To learn more about the measles vaccine or if you’re exhibiting symptoms of measles, keep reading.
Measles is a highly contagious type of viral infection. Coming into contact with someone who has the measles is enough to catch this airborne virus, but if the infected person sneezes, coughs, or otherwise spreads germs, you’re at a greater risk of contracting it. Never share a drink or food with someone who has the measles. It’s also worth noting that an infected person is contagious about four days before any symptoms appear, making it very difficult to stop this virus once it starts spreading.
The most recognizable symptom of measles is a rash that can quickly spread to your entire body. However, that’s not the only symptom. Here are some other symptoms to watch out for:
- Cold symptoms, including fever, nasal problems, a cough, and sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes, located in your neck
- Red and swollen eyes
- Overall tired feeling
The symptoms above will present first. Then, the rash will start in your mouth before moving to the rest of your body. Treatment for the measles involves mostly symptom management. Once contracted, the infection needs to run its course. Follow basic treatment recommendations for a cold or the flu: stay home, rest, drink a lot of fluids, and take medications to feel more comfortable, such as a pain reliever.
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