Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Heidi | 2009/03/08



My daughter who is 11 years old seems to have measles. We took her to a pharmasist late on Monday evening and he confirmed this was true. He gave her something for the fever and said that she could go back to school the next day. However the rashy red bumps have spread badly so I decided to play safe and keep her home. She does still run tempritures, and also says that she gets itchy. What do I do now. Do I take her to our G.P or should i continue to just keep her home until the rash is gone? Please could someone help me with advise?

Expert's Reply



Is this question addressed to the paediatrician? Remember that your daughetr has been immunised against measles so it is most unlikely that she would get measles. Even if the pharmacist thought it was measles it was very bad advice to inform you that you should send her back to school the next day.The rash you describe here especially the raised red bumps and the fact that they are itchy suggests an allergic rash known as urticaria or 'hives'. The treatment is an antihistamine such as Zyrtec tablets 10mg once daily until the rash clears up. This should take a day or two to happen. Try and think about a possible cause such as any nuts or seafood she may have eaten or berries or even a medicine taken recently.

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