Measles is a viral infection caused by the measles virus. It is a contagious disease that is spread through the air. Symptoms include red and blotchy skin, sore throat, fever, cough, and runny nose. Nowadays, it can be prevented by an MMR vaccine.

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What is the difference between measles and heat rash?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the difference between measles and heat rash? What are the symptoms of measles and heat rash? In what ways do they look similar if any? Any advice for moms who have children that have either measles or a heat rash? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. The symptoms of measles versus heat rash are: Fever is present in measles but less likely in heat rash. The measles rash persists for a few days whereas the heat rash goes away earlier in a day or two. The rash of measles is maculopapul...  Read Full »

I do not know if I am vaccinated against measles. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to know about measles. 1) Is measles dangerous? 2) I do not know if I am vaccinated against it. What should I do? How do I find that out? If not administered, when should I get administered? 3) Any precautions before getting the vaccine? 4) I read an article about measles being eli...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Measles symptoms appear seven to fourteen days after contact with the virus and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. The measles rash appears three to five days after the first symptoms. Measles can be serious. Children younger than five ye...  Read Full »

What are the ways measles can get transmitted?

Query: Hi doctor,One of my colleagues was diagnosed with measles. I had measles in my childhood. However, I doubt whether it can spread to my 2-month-old granddaughter through me. Will I transmit the infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Once you are infected with measles, there is no chance of reinfection. Antibodies already present in your body will give you lifelong immunity. Therefore, there will not be any active infection. I suggest you get your child vaccinated against measles. It is usually...  Read Full »

Can measles cause pericoronitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really suffering from pericoronitis and I cannot eat properly. Does measles cause pericoronitis?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi,Welcome to does not have any connection with pericoronitis. Pericoronitis occurs when the gums over the wisdom tooth get swelled and there is an accumulation of food particles and bacteria leading to a painful condition. There is a restricted mouth opening in some cases. Measl...  Read Full »

Please interpret my immunization results.

Query: Hello doctor, I got immunization check as it is a university requirement and the following were the results. I have not been on medication for the following and also am not on any medication right now. Please interpret these results. 1. HAV-IgG to Hep A - 11.48 (reactive). 2. Mumps - 47 (positive...  Read Full »

Dr. Elvis Njoroge Nderitu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No need to worry despite the results turning positive. For instance, for hepatitis, the virus that is considered to be dangerous is hepatitis B, all the same, you need to take hepatitis immunization, which I believe is a requirement when joining the school. For the M...  Read Full »

Please see if the MMR report is fine.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had a blood test for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and the report that I got, am not able to interpret. Could you please see if the report is fine? Will I require a vaccination dose for the same (I had the vaccination in childhood)? Is it harmful to have the vaccination more t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have checked the attached reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity). The results for measles and mumps show high antibodies which mean immunity is either due to past infection or vaccination. As for rubella, the level of antibodies is low which means ...  Read Full »

I suddenly have spots on my face and itching all over my body. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sudden spots that appeared on my face about four days ago. The next day, I had a fever, dizziness, and fatigue. Also, I have itchiness all over my body, but there are no spots. I also have ulcers in my mouth that have caused my lips to be a bit more swollen than usual, and I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Fever followed by rashes on the face and a history of oral rashes is most likely due to Measles or Rubella. Therefore, I would suggest the following: 1. Tablet Panadol (Paracetamol) 1000 mg every eight hours. 2. Drink...  Read Full »

I have got measles in spite of being vaccinated for it. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I was vaccinated for measles in my childhood, but I got measles now. The doctor confirmed this through a blood test. Did the vaccine not work? Should I take any antibiotics for this? Should I contain myself in a separate room or go to the hospital for treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Childhood measles vaccination protects children from measles. The measles vaccine is given at nine months, and the first booster is given at 16 to 24 months. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) United States of America recommends that children get two do...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to plan for pregnancy after having MMR vaccine 25 days back?

Query: Hello doctor, I got an MMR vaccine 25 days back, because rubella IgG was reactive, and IgM was nonreactive. And for toxoplasmosis IgG reactive and IgM nonreactive, I did a 15 days course of Rovamycine forte. Can I plan a pregnancy now? Or should I take Rovamycine forte for some more days?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rubella IgG positive indicates that you have immunity, and not infection, so no need to worry. Also, for toxoplasmosis, IgM is negative, which indicates there is no active infection, and it does not require any treatment. It indicates old infection. So, no need to wor...  Read Full »

Can SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis) be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I am the father of a 5-year-old daughter. She is a very energetic, lively, talkative, and intelligent girl. Two months back, we noticed she frequently falls while running and having a minor issue with her studies. We consulted a pediatrician, and he suggested some vitamins. However, the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Upendra Kumar Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to By inspecting the reports (attachments removed to protect patient's identity), it seems this is a case of SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis) due to measles, a kind of virus that is slowly growing in the brain causing all these symptoms. Unfortunately, there is n...  Read Full »

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