Symptoms of measles include a fever up to about 104 F, runny nose, cough, and watery, red eyes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About two or three days after symptoms appear, a patient may observe tiny white spots, known as Koplik spots, inside the mouth.
The symptoms usually manifest about seven to 14 days after an individual is infected, notes the CDC. The measles rash develops about three to five days after symptoms begin. It typically starts at the hairline on the face, and then the flat, red spots spread downward, covering the body. Some patients experience smaller, raised bumps on top of the spots. The spots may unite as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.
When the rash appears, a patient can experience high fever spikes. The fever and the rash disappear a few days later, states the CDC.