Rubeola

Symptoms: 

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.

Treatment: 

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