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Signs And Symptoms That Your Child Has Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that is exceedingly unpleasant and can sometimes lead to significant complications. This article describes this illness and its symptoms.

If you haven't been vaccinated or haven't had measles before, you can get it. It's most common in young children.

In most cases, the infection will go away in 7 to 10 days.

Measles signs and symptoms

Measles is characterized by cold-like symptoms that appear 10 days after infection. This is followed by the measles rash a few days later.

Initial signs and symptoms

The following are some of the first signs and symptoms of measles:

-a clogged or runny nose

-wet eyes from sneezing

-eyelids swollen

-eyes that are painful and red and may be light sensitive

-a high temperature (fever) that can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104F)

-mouth with little greyish-white dots (see below)

-pains and aches

-coughing and a loss of appetite

-irritability, fatigue, and a general lack of energy

Spots on the tongue

Many persons with measles get little greyish-white dots in their mouth a day or two before the rash starts.

These spots aren't present in everyone who has measles, but if they're present in addition to the other symptoms listed above or a rash, it's quite likely they have the disease.

The spots normally only persist a few days.

The rash of measles

The measles rash usually appears two to four days after the first symptoms and lasts about a week.

The first or second day after the rash appears, you'll likely feel the worst.

The rash is made up of small red-brown, flat or slightly raised spots that may join together to form larger blotchy patches. It usually starts on the head or neck and spreads outwards to the rest of the body.

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