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Small child, sudden rashes on stomach, back, fever, loss of appetite, spots in mouth. Causes?

My son who is 18 months has suddenly broken out in a rash all over his stomach and back followed with a fever and has barely eaten in the last 24 hrs.There seems to be spots in his mouth and behind his ears and what I m wondering is what this could be and if I should take him to a hospital immediately?Not sure if it s measles or simply a heat rash.
Asked On : Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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thanks for your query
as per discussion your child suffering from measles a viral contagious illness

The first sign of measles is usually a high fever, which begins about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus, and lasts four to seven days. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. After several days, a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck. Over about three days, the rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet. The rash lasts for five to six days, and then fades. On average, the rash occurs 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days).

there isNo specific antiviral treatment exists for measles virus.

Severe complications from measles can be avoided though supportive care that ensures good nutrition, adequate fluid intake and treatment of dehydration with WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution. This solution replaces fluids and other essential elements that are lost through diarrhoea or vomiting. Antibiotics should be prescribed to treat eye and ear infections, and pneumonia.
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