What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Measles?

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Doctors usually diagnose measles based on the disease's characteristic rash as well as a small, bluish-white spot on a bright red background on the inside lining of the cheek. However, many doctors have never seen measles, and the rash can be confused with a number of other illnesses. If necessary, a blood test can confirm whether the rash is truly measles. There's no specific treatment for s measles infection. However, some measures can be taken to protect vulnerable individuals who have been exposed to the virus:
  • Post-exposure vaccination. Nonimmunized people, including infants, may be given the measles vaccination within 72 hours of exposure to the measles virus.
  • Immune serum globulin. Pregnant women, infants and people with weakened immune systems who are exposed to the virus may receive an injection of immune serum globulin.
  • Medications such as fever reducers, antibiotics and vitamin A.
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