The transmission of this kind of airborne disease only takes a second or two. No skin-to-skin or body-to-body contact is required for you to catch this kind of disease. That is one reason why most people as babies receive measles vaccinations (immunization shots).
Measles Symptoms and Cycle
Usually the measles incubation period is 10 to 12 days after a person has been exposed to them. This is when the visible signs of measles are noticed, so watch out for these as you see below.
Here are some common measles symptoms:
- Fever or runny nose
- Coughing and/or redness of eyes
- Tiny white spots inside the mouth (inner cheek lining after two to four days, and sometimes the spot is encased in a red ring)
- Red skin rash (usually after the third day, either flat or slightly raised and lasting up to six days)
- High fever ranging from 104 to 105°F
If you are already exposed to and infected to measles you cannot cure it, but rather you will have to let it pass. However, you can take a variety of actions if you want to decrease the duration of when this condition persists.
As far as relief of measles symptoms you can take the following actions:
- Take medication. Some over-the-counter medicines that can help relieve symptoms of measles (but not eliminate the virus itself) include acetaminophen or certain anti-inflammatory drugs (non-steroid drugs). These should be given to an adult though, and a child with measles could benefit from aspirin unless the child is at risk of Reye’s syndrome.
- Rest your body. Taking it easy for at least a few days or for the duration of the time you are infection will help you recover faster. Staying in bed for long periods while you are sick helps rebuild your body’s immune system so that you will be healthy again very soon.
- Drink plenty of water. This will prevent dehydration which often worsens a condition rather than betters it. You are likely to heal faster from measles as long as you drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
- Humidify the dry rooms of your home. This will help keep your respiratory tract moist. As a result you will be able to still product mucus which will help you expel viruses that cause measles.
- Eat healthy meals. This is especially important while you are sick. You should stay away from heavy meats and hard-to-digest breads. Instead, increase your intake of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Chicken soup always seems to be a favorite food to eat while sick.
If you want to further prevent being affected by measles you should wash your hand frequently, or at least use hand sanitizer. If you could also frequently spray disinfectant into the air on a regular basis in your home, car, etc. At least on your own domain you would be more protected.