The symptoms of measles will appear after 14 days of exposure.
The signs and symptoms of measles are: hacking cough which is short dry frequent cough, runny nose or Coryza, watery eyes, fever that may be mild to severe (fever may drop and then rise again depending on the rashes on the body), sneezing, Conjunctivitis that makes your eyelids swollen and inflamed eyes, aches generally all over the body, photophobia which is sensitivity to light, sore throat, Koplik’s spot which is a very small grayish-white spots with bluish-white centers in the mouth, inside of cheeks and throat, and lastly the rash which is reddish-brown spotty that appears within 3-4 days after the initial symptoms.
The rash can last for more than a week. It usually starts in the head, sometimes behind the ear or in the forehead then spreads all over your face.
After a few days, it will spread on your neck down to your torso, then to arms and legs. Measles is highly contagious.
90% of the people who haven’t been vaccinated will most likely get in if they are in the same house or near an infected person. It spread if we have direct contact with virus infected fluid.
The virus multiplies as soon as it enters the body. It will spread all throughout your central nervous system. It takes up to three weeks for the virus to establish itself.
The rash that appears can coincide with high fever up to 40 degrees Celsius. A person who is infected can spread the disease from four days before the rash appears until four days after it does.
A person who had measles before will have a rare chance to be infected again. Since measles is fatal, if you think that your kid has measles, take him to see his doctor so that it can be cured early.
The measles is caused by the infection with the rubeola virus. It lives in the mucus in the nose and throat of the infected person.
You can be infected if you have physical contact with the infected person, if a person with measles sneezes or coughs, the droplets will spread through the air, touching a surface that has the infected droplets which may be contagious for up to two hours, the putting your hands into your mouth or rubbing your nose or eyes.
4 Making a Diagnosis
If you think that your kid has measles contact you doctor right away to receive a diagnosis. But first, write down the things that you need to discuss with the doctor.
First, you can write when did you noticed or suspected that it’s measles and what are the symptoms that you noticed up to the time when you’re going to visit the doctor.
Write down your recent travels, not just out of town but also going to groceries or attending a birthday party at that time.
Check your immunization records if your child has been vaccinated or the supplements that he is taking. Check when you last visited the doctor.
Be ready to ask questions but at the same time answer questions from your doctor. A blood test will confirm if your kid is infected.
In some countries, measles is a notifiable disease which means the doctor will have to notify the authorities as well as the school. An infected person should be hydrated all the time.
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