There is no cure for measles. Treatment for measles usually includes rest, oral fluids, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.
Treatment options for measles include:
- Vitamin A supplements:
- Can reduce mortality by 50% and prevent eye damage and blindness
- Acetaminophen for pain and fever control
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Nonprescription medications for cough or congestion:
Measles Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for measles.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat measles:
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