Rubella Infection Treatment
The treatment for rubella focuses on prevention of the disease. The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is very effective for preventing the illness. However, there is no cure for a rubella infection. Treatment of acute rubella is largely supportive.
Treatment options for acute rubella infection include:
- Encourage liquids
- Starch baths and antihistamines may be useful for adults with itching.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- If severe, consider immunoglobulin therapy
Rubella Infection Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of rubella.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- 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:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work or school?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having rubella again?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Rubella Infection Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rubella:
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