Symptoms of rubeola generally appear within 14 days of exposure to the virus. Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Red eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • White spots inside the mouth     
Tests to diagnose: 

Rubeola is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination.  Blood or urine tests are done to confirm the diagnosis.


There is no prescription medication to treat rubeola. The virus and symptoms typically disappear within two to three weeks. However, your doctor may recommend:

  • Acetaminophen to relieve fever and muscle aches
  • Rest to help boost your immune system
  • Plenty of fluids (six to eight glasses of water a day)
  • Humidifier to ease a cough and sore throat
  • Vitamin A supplements