What Damage Can Measles Cause?

What happens if measles is left untreated?

Measles is a highly contagious infection that causes a rash all over the body, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever.

If left untreated, the infection can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death..

What part of the body does measles start?

It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.

Who shouldnt get MMR?

Has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of immune system problems. Has ever had a condition that makes them bruise or bleed easily. Has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products. You might be advised to postpone MMR vaccination for 3 months or more.

Can measles affect your eyesight?

Measles can cause vision loss and blindness In some cases vision loss has resulted in children infected with the measles virus as it has caused damage to the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) which becomes hazy and discolored in appearance.

Can measles affect the heart?

In rare cases, measles can lead to: serious eye disorders, such as an infection of the optic nerve, the nerve that transmits information from the eye to the brain (this is known as optic neuritis and can lead to vision loss) heart and nervous system problems.

How can measles be spread?

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.

What are the dangers of contracting measles?

The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.

Can measles cause brain damage?

Normally, the measles virus does not cause brain damage. However, an abnormal immune response to measles or, possibly, certain mutant forms of the virus may cause severe illness and death. This response leads to brain inflammation (swelling and irritation) that may last for years.

Can measles cause mental illness?

Measles can cause an ear infection or pneumonia (a serious disease where fluid fills the lungs). Out of 1,000 children who get measles, 1 will also get a swelling of the brain called encephalitis. This can lead to fits (seizures), deafness, mental retardation or death. There is no treatment for measles.

What do Measles do to your body?

Once you have had measles, your body builds up resistance (immunity) to the virus and it’s highly unlikely you’ll get it again. But it can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).

How long does it take to recover from measles?

The rash usually lasts for three to five days and then fades away. In uncomplicated cases, people who get measles start to recover as soon as the rash appears and feel back to normal in about two to three weeks.

Does measles immunity last a lifetime?

Yes. Persons who have had measles in the past have lifelong immunity. Since measles can be confused with other infections that cause fever and a rash, a person needs a special blood test to be sure they are immune.

Can measles cause long term damage?

Many people don’t know the measles virus can lead to long-term health effects including brain damage, hearing loss, and immune suppression. When the percentage of people vaccinated falls below 95 percent and a measles case is introduced to the population, a “measles outbreak will occur,” according to Poole.

How do I know if I have measles immunity?

A blood test is the most reliable method. The measles IgG test shows whether the body has antibodies to fight off the virus. If enough measles antibodies are present, then the person is said to have evidence of immunity to measles. Vaccination records are also reliable.

Can I get measles if vaccinated?

Can I get the measles if I’ve already been vaccinated? It’s possible, but very unlikely. The combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is a two-dose vaccine series that effectively protects against all three viruses.

Can adults catch measles?

Although it’s often associated with childhood illness, adults can get measles too. People who aren’t vaccinated are at a higher risk of catching the disease. It’s generally accepted that adults born during or before 1957 are naturally immune to measles. This is because the vaccine was first licensed in 1963.