What is Rubella?
Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus that can cause a red rash on the skin, fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. It is also known as German measles or three-day measles. Rubella is usually mild, but it can cause serious problems for unborn babies if their mothers get infected during pregnancy.
What are the signs and symptoms of Rubella?
The signs and symptoms of rubella are usually mild and may include a red rash, fever, headache, runny nose, red eyes, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, and general discomfort. Some people may not have any symptoms at all. The rash typically starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, and lasts for about three days. The symptoms usually appear two to three weeks after exposure to the virus.
What are the causes of Rubella?
- Rubella is caused by a virus that can be spread through direct contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person, or through the air by respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing.
- Humans are the only known host of the rubella virus.
- Rubella can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, which can result in serious birth defects or fetal death.
FAQ About Rubella
How is rubella transmitted?
The rubella virus is transmitted by airborne droplets when infected people sneeze or cough. Humans are the only known host. Rubella can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, which can result in serious birth defects or fetal death.
How is rubella diagnosed?
Rubella can be diagnosed by a blood test that detects antibodies to the virus. A positive test indicates either a current or past infection. A negative test indicates that the person is susceptible to rubella and should be vaccinated. Rubella can also be confirmed by isolating the virus from a throat swab or urine sample.
Is there a dermatologist near me in Chesapeake that offers treatment for Rubella?
Yes. At our Chesapeake dermatology office we offer treatment for Rubella to patients from Chesapeake and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.