Uncovering the Mysteries of Rubella: Treatment, Symptoms and Prevention

TREATMENT OF RUBELLA in pregnancy & Uncovering the Mysteries of Rubella: Treatment, Symptoms and Prevention

Rubella

Rubella:

Rubella is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Most people who get rubella usually have a mild illness, with symptoms including a low-grade fever, sore throat, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body

Rubella in pregnancy :

Pregnant women who contract rubella are at risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, and their developing babies are at risk of severe birth defects with devastating, lifelong consequences. CRS can affect almost everything in a developing baby’s body. The most common birth defects from CRS can include: Deafness.

PREVENTION:

  • Women who are planning to become pregnant should check with their doctor to make sure they are vaccinated before they get pregnant.
  • Measles-mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is an attenuated live virus vaccine, so pregnant women who are not vaccinated should wait to get MMR vaccine until after they have given birth.
  • Adult women of childbearing age should avoid getting pregnant for at least four weeks after receiving MMR vaccine.
Rubella vaccination

Pregnant women should NOT get MMR vaccine.

  • Children need two doses of the MMR vaccine. They should get the first dose when they’re between 12 and 15 months old. And the second between 4 and 6 years old.

TREATMENT:

There is no specific medicine to treat rubella. Since it is a virus, antibiotics won’t work.

In many cases, the symptoms are mild. Bed rest, fluid intake and taking pain reliever medicines like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help.

Pregnant people with rubella may be treated with acetaminophen to relieve their symptoms.

In more serious cases, blood transfusion or steroids may be given.

Contact your health care provider if you are pregnant and think you have rubella or have been exposed to the disease.

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