Spotting the Signs: 10 Symptoms of Rubella

Rubella is a viral infection that is usually characterized by a red rash on your body. Rubella, also known as German measles and Three-day Measles, can last for about three days once the rash starts to break out. This viral infection is commonly accompanied by swollen lymph nodes that can last for a few weeks and cold-like symptoms such as a fever and sore throat. The Rubella virus can be contacted via the air from coughing. It can also be contacted if you share drinks or food with an infected person. Over the years, Rubella has become rare because a vaccine is now available to protect people from the infection. The vaccine is usually administered as a combination known as the MMR vaccine that is given to prevent Mumps, Rubella, and Measles.

According to the World Health Organization, the first dose of the MMR vaccine should be administered to children between 12 and 18 months of age. They can receive the second dose at 36 months. While Rubella is more common in children between 5-9 years of age, studies show that it can also affect adults. If a pregnant woman gets infected with the virus, the chances of her baby being born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome increases. This can cause life-threatening complications for the child. In some cases, Rubella can be a mild infection that will leave after a week or two without treatment.

In this article, we will discuss 10 symptoms of Rubella that are commonly present in people with the condition.

Muscle Pain

Rubella can also cause muscle pain. Studies show that this symptom is less common in children, and more in adults. This pain can last for about one week before reducing. It can also be treated with ice or an over-the-counter pain reliever. Doctors recommend getting a lot of rest and staying away from strenuous exercises that can cause or worsen sore muscles. [1] You can try out gentle stretches to help reduce the pain. You can also apply a topical pain reliever to reduce the soreness.