There is no specific treatment for measles. Symptoms normally disappear within 7-10 days. The goal of treating Measles is to:
- Bring relief from the symptoms
- Reduce the chances of complications
Some simple measures can be helpful in treatment for measles-
- In cases of high fever, Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be taken in treatment for measles.
- Allow children to consume plenty of fluids so that they are not dehydrated
- Antibiotics do not play any role in killing the virus, thus they are not recommended. But if any complications such as a secondary bacterial ear infection or secondary bacterial pneumonia arise, then antibiotics are helpful.
- Pregnant women and those with weak immune systems who have been exposed to the virus can receive an injection of proteins (antibodies) called immune serum globulin. This is given within six days of exposure to the virus.
- Those suffering from Vitamin- A deficiency can be given Vitamin - A supplement of 200,000 international units (IU) for two days