German Measles Symptoms and Treatment

  posted by: Rio Dianne



German Measles Symptoms and TreatmentGerman measles or medically known as rubella is a mildly contagious virus infection which commonly occurs during childhood, but can be seen in adults as well.  German measles tends to appear as an epidemic disease every 6-9 years alongside rubeola (measles).  Oftentimes, the infection is also mistaken as ruseola infantum which why it is better to be aware on how these diseases differ from each other. Therefore, today, we’ll give you information on German measles symptoms and treatment.  Before that though, let’s see how it is spread.

Rubella – How it is Spread

The mode of transmission of the disease is via droplet spread or direct contact with the infected individual. Transmission can also be made indirectly through articles soiled with nose and throat secretions by the patient. Moreover, it can also be transmitted by airborne means.

German Measles Symptoms and Treatment

After an incubation period of 14-21 days, signs and symptoms such as the following usually manifest:

  • Slight fever
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Eruption of red to pink measles rash which starts from the face down to the neck and to the rest of the body

Rashes will usually disappear in a week, however the period of communicability is still high up unti the fourth day.

Rubella – How it is Treated

Apparently, no cure or further drug treatment is needed for the condition since it usually goes away on its own.  The disease is caused by a virus thus antibiotic therapy is not effective to kill the pathogen.  Medication such as paracetamol can be given to get rid of fever.  Ways on how to treat it revolves around getting bed rest, drinking lots of water, and providing relief to the patient.

German Measles – Control and Prevention

  • It can cause serious side effects and malformations during pregnancy. Therefore, women are encouraged to be immunized before puberty stage.
  • In children, measles vaccination is available for use to those without the history of measles or 9 months after being born.  Mumps – Measles – Rubella (MMR) vaccine is also another option for two-year old kids.
  • Isolate family members and avoid exposure to infected person as possible.
  • Provide comfort to the patient, and administer sponge bath to alleviate discomfort.
  • Follow medication and treatment regularly.

Well, that’s it. This is our post about German measles symptoms and treatment. Meanwhile, let’s take a peek at some pictures of patients with rubella.


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