WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Rubella, or German measles, is an infection caused by a virus. Rubella is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. You can buy NSAIDs without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider which medicine is right for you, and how much to take. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
- MMR vaccine: This vaccine helps prevent measles, mumps, and rubella. Adults who have never received the vaccine may need at least 1 dose of the vaccine. A second dose may be needed by those at a higher risk of getting measles, mumps, or rubella.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Manage your symptoms:
- Rest: Rest as much as possible until you feel better.
- Drink extra liquids: This will help prevent dehydration. Ask how much you should drink each day. Healthy liquids include water, juice, and milk. Limit the amount of caffeine you drink.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. This will help you feel better and give you more energy.
- Avoid the spread of germs: Stay away from others, especially anyone who is pregnant, or who has not had the MMR vaccine. Keep your child home from school or daycare for 7 days after the rash appears.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- Your rash starts to itch.
- You have joint pain and swelling, even after treatment.
- Your testicles are inflamed.
- You are pregnant and think you might have rubella.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You are confused or have a seizure.
- You have a severe headache.
- You have trouble breathing.
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