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Normally, measles is not a disease that requires emergency care, but some times it is associated with high fever & toxemia. But your doctor or the emergency department should evaluate any fever that accompanies a questionable rash in children and adults.

Self-Care at Home

Although there is no cure for measles, you can take steps at home to make the course of the disease more tolerable. These include the following:

  • Rest in bed, if that makes you or your child more comfortable.
  • For fever higher than 100.5°F, provide sponge baths with lukewarm water to the face and upper body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration.
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (for approved ages) can help when given as directed.
  • A humidifier or vaporizer may ease the cough.
  • Pain relievers and fever reducers such as acetaminophen  and ibuprofen can help with symptoms. Remember never to give aspirin to children or teenagers because it may cause a disease known as Reye syndrome.
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or calamine lotion may help to ease the itch of the rash.
  • Trim fingernails or put on gloves if you are concerned about your child scratching the rash excessively.

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