Measles typically begins with cold-like signs, followed by a rash a few days later. Some may also get small spots in their mouths.
- A high temperature
- A cough
- A runny or blocked nose
- Red, sore, watery eyes
Later symptoms include;
- Spots in mouth – small white spots
- Rashes – start on the face and behind the ears before extending to the rest of the body; looks brown or red on white skin
Measles typically starts to get better in about a week.
- Take rest and drink plenty of fluids
- Have paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve a high temperature and pain
- Apply cotton soaked in lukewarm water to remove any crusts from the eyes
Sneezes or coughs of an infected person spread measles. You can take steps to lessen your chance of contracting or distributing it.
- Wash frequently hands with soap and warm water
- Use tissues when you cough or sneeze
- Throw used tissues in the bin
- Do not share cutlery, cups, towels, clothes, or bedding
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD
Page last reviewed: 04 October 2022