|Description:||This schematic diagram from the book, ”Krugman’s Infectious Diseases of Children”, by Katz, SL, et. al. (eds), 10th ed. St. Louis, Mosby–Year Book, 1998, depicts the classic distribution pattern of a rubella rash on the human body. The first day of the rash distribution is seen on the right side of this generic human male figure, while the distribution manifested by the third day can been seen on the figure’s left side.|
The rash of rubella is maculopapular and occurs 14 to 17 days after exposure. The rash usually occurs initially on the face and then progresses from head to foot. It lasts about 3 days and is occasionally pruritic. The rash is fainter than measles rash and does not coalesce. The rash is often more prominent after a hot shower or bath.