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What Parents Need to Know About Measles May 31, 2019

What Parents Need to Know About Measles, Bronx, New York

Measles is a popular topic in news media and an important condition to understand. While most children are vaccinated, it continues to remain a risk to those that aren’t. Identifying symptoms and treatment options is crucial to avoiding serious health complications. Familiarize yourself with the following so you know when to take your child to a primary care physician.

Your Guide to Measles

What Is It?

primary-care-physician-hdr-healthcare-networkMeasles is a highly infectious respiratory virus. It was once a common disease that contributed to thousands of deaths each year, though it has been mostly eliminated thanks to vaccines. There are 21 different strains, and it typically lasts 7 to 10 days. A person gains total immunity after experiencing measles, but side effects can have fatal results when unaddressed, which is why it’s imperative that your child sees a primary care physician.

Symptoms

Measles has varying symptoms, including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Red watery eyes

There are also more serious, though rare, complications:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory infections
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Brain inflammation
  • Heart complications

Treatment

There is no definitive treatment for measles, which is why doctors advise childhood vaccinations. If your child does contract measles, they’ll focus on treating side effects until the virus has run its course. Make sure to focus on prevention. Keep your child away from any children with measles, especially infants who have a weaker immune system. Have your children wash their hands regularly, and most importantly, get vaccinated by their primary care physician if they haven’t already.

 

If your child is overdue for a pediatrics checkup, schedule an appointment at HDR Healthcare Network. This Bronx, NY-based health care service treats a variety of medical issues ranging from general complications to senior and pediatric care. They also offer urgent care services, and you can count on a primary care physician building a lasting relationship with your family. Learn more about their services on their website and call (929) 256-5005 to speak with a representative.

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