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Measles: Treatment

There are no treatments for measles. Many people with measles make a full recovery after 7 to 10 days of becoming ill.

People with measles should:

  • stay away from work or school for at least 4 days after the measles rash first appears
  • avoid contact with young children, pregnant women, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems

Relieving the symptoms

Although there's no treatment for measles, you can make your child more comfortable by treating the symptoms.

Paracetamol (or liquid infant paracetamol) can be used to reduce high temperatures and relieve aches and pains.

Do not give aspirin to children under 16 years old. Ask your pharmacist about which medications are suitable for your child

You can also buy medicine at your local pharmacy to treat cold-like symptoms.

You can treat cold-like symptoms by:

  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • sitting in a hot, steamy bathroom and putting a wet towel on a warm radiator to moisten the air
  • drinking warm drinks, especially with lemon and honey (but don't give honey to babies under 12 months)
  • cleaning any discharge from your child's eyelids

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE.

Page last reviewed: 14/11/2018
Next review due: 14/11/2021