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Measles Treatments

Treatment

Measles are caused by a virus. Therefore, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. The focus is on relieving symptoms.

Comfort Measures

  • Gargle with warm salt water to relieve sore throat. Using a humidifier may also help.
  • Treat high fever with non-aspirin medication. This includes acetaminophen . Cold sponge baths may also help.
    • Note:Aspirin is not recommended for children or teens with a current or recent viral infection. Check with your doctor before giving a child aspirin.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Eat a soft, bland diet.

Complications

In most cases, complications are rare. You may need to be hospitalized if you have a severe case. Complications may include:

If you are diagnosed with measles, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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