What is the measles?
Measles is an easy infectious viral disease. It can be very unpleasant and possibly lead to serious complications, including blindness and even death. Anyone can get measles if they haven’t been vaccinated or had it before, although it’s most popular in children from one and four years old.The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can be spread very easily, and measles is caused by breathing in these droplets or by touching a surface that has been contaminated with the droplets and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth.
The first signs and symptoms of measles include:
- cold-like symptoms
- red eyes and sensitivity to light
- high temperature
- greyish white spots in the mouth and throat
After a few days a red-brown spotty rash will appear. It usually begins behind the ears, then be spread around the head and neck before being spread to the legs and the rest of the body.
With the combination of you symptoms, especially the characteristic rash and the small spots inside your mouth, your doctor will easily diagnose measles. However, a simple blood or saliva test is usually done to confirm the diagnosis.