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Published on February 05, 2019. Last modified on February 05, 2019
Measles is diagnosed based on symptoms and laboratory testing. Your medical provider will ask you questions about any vaccinations you may have received against measles, if you have traveled in the last 3 weeks, and about any ill individuals you may have had contact with during the last 3 weeks. Your medical provider may swab your nose as well as collect urine and blood for laboratory testing.
There is no specific treatment for measles. Measles is caused by a virus, so antibiotics are not effective against it. Treatment is usually supportive, including fever-reducing medications like Tylenol, rest, and drinking plenty of fluids. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years of age.