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Measles – A Brief Introduction

Last updated on July 23rd, 2020 at 05:23 am

  • Everybody is talking about Measles – but what does the virus actually do in the body?
  • Is it really so harmful that you need a vaccination?

Let’s go deep into the body of an infected person and see what Measles does and how the immune system reacts to it!

Measle, or rubeola, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measle is a very contagious disease that can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the infection into the air when they cough or sneeze.

The measle virus can live on surfaces for several hours. As the infected particles enter the air and settle on surfaces, anyone within close proximity can become infected.

Measles: Symptoms-

The symptoms of measles generally appear within 14 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:

  • cough
  • fever
  • red eyes
  • light sensitivity
  • muscle aches
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • white spots inside the mouth

A widespread skin rash is a classic sign of measles. This rash can last up to seven days and generally appears within the first three to five days of exposure to the virus.

A measle rash, which appears as red, itchy bumps, commonly develops on the head and slowly spreads to other parts of the body.

Measles: Treatment –

There is no prescription medication to treat measles. The virus and symptoms typically disappear within two to three weeks. However, your doctor may recommend:

  • acetaminophen to relieve fever and muscle aches
  • rest to help boost your immune system
  • plenty of fluids (six to eight glasses of water a day)
  • humidifier to ease a cough and sore throat
  • vitamin A supplements

Video Courtesy – ” Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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Akshat Mishra is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Physics from Lund University in Sweden. He feels the need to explore the depths of the not-so-dark universe while at the same time watch the quanta in action. Electronic Music is what puts him in the thinking zone.

Akshat Mishrahttps://www.scilynk.in/akshat-mishra
Akshat Mishra is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Physics from Lund University in Sweden. He feels the need to explore the depths of the not-so-dark universe while at the same time watch the quanta in action. Electronic Music is what puts him in the thinking zone.

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