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Measles (cont.)

Measles Treatment

Self-Care at Home

Although there is no cure for measles, there are steps that can make the disease more tolerable. These include the following:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Sponge baths with lukewarm water may reduce discomfort due to fever.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration.
  • A humidifier or vaporizer may ease the cough.
  • Pain relievers and fever reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, Liquiprin Drops, and other brands) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and other brands) can help with symptoms when used according to directions. Remember never to give aspirin to children or teenagers because it may cause a disease known as Reye's syndrome.

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Measles virus (MV), a negative-sense enveloped RNA virus, is a member of the Morbillivirus genus in the Paramyxoviridae family.

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