Measles guidance for Community Pharmacists

The first symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough
  • red, sore, watery eyes

Spots in the mouth

A number of very small white spots inside a person’s mouth.

Small white spots may appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips a few days later. These spots usually last a few days.

The measles rash

A rash usually appears a few days after the cold-like symptoms.

The rash starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body.

The measles rash on the forehead of a child with light brown skin. The rash looks like pale red blotchy patches.

The measles rash on a person with white skin. The person’s arms, chest and tummy are almost completely covered with red, blotchy patches.

The spots of the measles rash are sometimes raised and join together to form blotchy patches. They’re not usually itchy.

A close-up of the measles rash on someone with white skin, showing some raised red spots joined together to form blotchy patches.

The rash looks brown or red on white skin. It may be harder to see on brown and black skin.

The measles rash on a child with brown skin. The rash looks like pale red to brown blotchy patches covering the child's arm, chest and face.

The measles rash on the back of a child with dark brown skin. The rash looks like dark red to brown, slightly raised, blotchy patches covering the child’s back.

Updated guidance for risk assessment and infection prevention and control measures for measles in healthcare.