Rubella - What Do German Measles Look Like?
Rubella has milder symptoms than the common measles. In fact, children who are infected with it often have no symptoms other than a rash. Adults are more likely to experience symptoms before the rash appears, including a mild fever, swollen and tender lymph nodes (usually in the back of the neck or behind the ears), headache, fatigue.
The rubella rash is pink or light red in color. The spots are flat and very small. As with the measles rash, it starts as many individual spots and then merges to form large patches. Other similarities between the two diseases is that the rubella rash also starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body. It fades in one spot as it spreads to the next.
It does not last as long as the measles - typically not more than 3 days.
Rubella is usually not very itchy. As with measles, the skin may flake as the rash clears. However, since the rash is milder and less extensive, the flaking is also milder.
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