Learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of measles

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of measles which appear 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes of neck
  • Koplik’s spots- These are tiny white spots with bluish-white centre on a red background found inside the mouth
  • Skin rashes all over the body
  • Symptoms are usually severe in adults as compared to children


Usually, a doctor can diagnose this condition by looking at the symptoms like rashes and red spots in the mouth. But sometimes you may be asked for a blood test to confirm the diagnosis.

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