Updated: Mar 27
Measles, also known as "Tigdas" in the Philippines, is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread through coughing and sneezing. It is caused by the measles virus and can be very dangerous, especially for young children and pregnant women. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about measles, including its symptoms, causes, treatment, prevention, and the MMR vaccine.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Measles typically starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes. After a few days, a rash appears on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body. The rash usually lasts for about a week and can be itchy. Other symptoms of measles include sore throat, white spots inside the mouth, and a loss of appetite.
How does measles spread?
Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. It can also be spread by touching a surface that has been contaminated with the virus and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
When should I seek medical attention?
If you suspect that you or your child has measles, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis, which can be life-threatening.
What if I was exposed to someone with measles?
If you have been exposed to someone with measles and you are not vaccinated, you should contact your healthcare provider right away. They may recommend that you receive the MMR vaccine or immune globulin to help prevent the disease.
What is the treatment for measles?
There is no specific treatment for measles, but your healthcare provider may recommend that you rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce fever and relieve symptoms. In some cases, antiviral medications may be prescribed to help reduce the severity of the disease.
How to prevent measles?
The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine provides protection against measles, mumps, and rubella, and is safe and effective. It is recommended that children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, the first at 12-15 months of age and the second at 4-6 years of age. Adults who have not been vaccinated or are unsure of their vaccination status should also receive the vaccine.
Does the MMR vaccine cause autism?
No, the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. This has been proven by numerous studies conducted by medical experts around the world. The original study that suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism has been discredited and retracted.
What if I want to get pregnant?
If you are planning to get pregnant, it is important to make sure that you are vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated. Measles can be very dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies, so it is important to protect yourself and your future child.
In conclusion, measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be very dangerous. It is important to seek medical attention right away if you suspect that you or your child has measles. The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective and does not cause autism. If you have any questions about measles or the MMR vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider.
Stay safe and healthy!