German measles is a mild contagious disease causing few if any problems to the patient. The greatest danger may occur in the case of unborn children if the mother develop the disease during the first three months of the pregnancy. For this reason, all young girls should be exposed to German measles early in life. Once they have had the disease, they cannot have it again, and there will be no danger of deformity to their unborn child later in life.
German measles has nothing to do with regular measles. It is caused by an entirely different virus. It is less contagious, and many children do not contract the disease until they are young adults. The patient, usually a young adult or teen-ager, may complain of a slight headache, stiffness in the joints, and feeling of weaknes. There maybe a slight swelling behind the ears due to enlarged lymps gland. This may be discoverred more or less accidentally while combining the hair, and maybe the only indication of German measles. If a rash occurs, it is mild and lighter in color than regular measles. There may be a sligh flush resemble scarlet fever. The rash itself usually disappears within two or three days.
German Measles Treatment:
If the patient feels sick he should remain in the bed for several days until he feels better. In the case of complications such as eatache, it is well to call the family doctor. Pregnant women should be protected by the use of gamma globulin, particulary during the early months of pregnancy. German measles does not hurt the mother, but it can be seriuos to an unborn child. It may cause deformities of the heart, mouth, eyes, and other parts of the body. For this reason, all young girls should be exposed to German measles in the hope that they will contract the disease before their teens. Once a person has had German measles there is no further danger to mother or baby.