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 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?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat rubella:
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