9 Common Signs & Symptoms of Measles; Measles (Rubella)

2Headaches

Headaches are also a part of the prodromal period in rubella, appearing before the skin rash, and improving after it has appeared already. Similarly, the early stages of the virus might also cause an earache, a sore throat, and symptoms that would lead anyone to think the patient has a respiratory problem and not rubella.

Headache and earache are also likely to be very mild, appears more commonly in adults than children, and usually improves without specific treatment. However, if you experience prolonged and severe headache along with other warning symptoms such as vomiting, convulsions, stiff neck, and changes in your level of consciousness, you need to look for urgent medical attention because it might be a rare complication of measles called encephalitis, which is basically the inflammation of the structures in the brain.