Signs and Symptoms of Measles

Measles
Measles

Learn about the signs and symptoms of measles, which can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children.

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According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

7 to 14 days after coming in contact with the virus, these symptoms can occur:

  • high fever (may spike to more than 104°)
  • cough
  • runny nose (coryza)
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)

2-3 days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

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3-5 days after symptoms begin a measles rash breaks out. It usually starts on face at the hairline and spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.

  • Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots
  • The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body
  • With the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

The CDC warns, call your doctor immediately if you think you or your child have been exposed to measles.