How to recognize the symptoms of German measles

How to recognize the symptoms of German measles

Rubella, also known as German measles, is a minor illness usually found in children. These days, most people are vaccinated during childhood, but cases still occur.


Recognizing the symptoms of the initial phase of rubella 

1 Check the temperature of the patient. Rubella usually starts with a slight fever. The temperature rarely goes above 100. You can confuse the disease like the common cold.
How to recognize the symptoms of German measles2 Feel gently around the patient's neck and behind the ears. Rubella also causes swollen lymph nodes and these areas are common pain areas.
3 ask the patient whether they suffer from swelling in the joints, headaches, runny nose or loss of appetite. These are minor symptoms which are known to occur in adults with rubella.
4 Look at the eyes of the patient. If they are swollen and red, the patient may suffer from conjunctivitis. This mild symptoms is rarely found in children but can be common in adult cases.

Recognizing the symptoms of late stage rubella 

5 Check the patient's face to a rash. The rash appears as pink or light red spots just beneath the skin.
6 Recognize the difference between other rashes and German measles. Chickenpox, for example, has blister-like wounds, which then scab over as German measles below the skin.
7 Wait a few days and see the changes in the eruption. The spots on the face should clarify first as the outbreak spreads. The rest of the rash should go away within 3 days.
8 Avoid scratching. German measles will itch a lot, but the less the patient's risks, the faster it will all be over. The itching is a sign that the skin is healing. An oatmeal bath can help relieve itching.
9 Expect dry skin as the healing of the rash. This is a good sign that the disease is ending, but it can be uncomfortable. The skin starts to flake. Use a mild cream to replace moisture in the skin.


  • Most patients will undergo a German measles rash. In addition to the eruption, however, some people have additional symptoms at all. This is more common in children.
  • German measles should last less than a week. No treatment is necessary and there is very little danger.
  • If symptoms of rubella are found in a pregnant woman or someone who lives near a pregnant woman, a doctor should be contacted immediately. Rubella is a harmless disease most often, but can be fatal to an unborn child.
  • Keep the patient at home. Measles is very contagious for as long as a week before the rash breaks and one week after the rash clears.

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