Measles also known as rubeola is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. The symptoms which appear within 14 days after being exposed to the virus include cough, fever, sore throat, white spots in the mouth and red eyes. Patients would also develop a rash on their body which is the distinctive sign of this disorder.
HOW IS MEASLES DIAGNOSED?
General physicians can diagnose measles based on the symptoms and physical observation of the patient. For confirmation of diagnosis, the doctor may order for a blood test to check for measles virus.
HOW IS MEASLES TREATED?
There are no medications for this disease but the symptoms subside within two to three weeks. Medicines to relieve joint pain and fever could be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Aspirin should not be given to measles patients as it causes side effects.