What is Rubella?Rubella, also called German measles or three-day measles, is a contagious viral infection best known by its distinctive light red or pink rash caused by rubella virus. It affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is often mild. It is of two types:
- Acquired rubella
- Congenital rubella
Congenital rubella is when a pregnant woman with rubella passes it to the baby that is still in her womb.
Recovery TimeThere is no specific treatment for rubella, but symptoms will normally pass within seven to 10 days.
DiagnosisDiagnosis is done based on the physical examination and medical history of the patient and others may include:
- Blood test, to detect the presence of different types of rubella antibodies in your blood.
- Nasal or throat swab test.
FAQs prepared by doctor1. What is rubella?
Rubella, also called German measles or three-day measles, is a contagious viral infection best known by its distinctive light red or pink rash caused by rubella virus.
2. How much time it takes to recover?
By 7-10 days symptoms shall subside, recovery happens usually
3. What shall be done when such condition arises?
Take Bed rest and drink plenty of water and use a warm moist towel to soothe the swollen glands.
Calamine lotion can be applied to the rash if it is itchy or uncomfortable.
4. When shall one visit a doctor?
Consult a doctor if one have bleeding problems, rashes, skin deterioration or severe headache or stiff neck or ear ache or vision problems.
5. How is this disease prevented?
Vaccination is the best way by MMR and MMRV vaccine to prevent. Patients suspected to have rubella should be placed in private rooms. Once if somebody has the disease, he is usually permanently immune.