A teenager is seen in the clinic due to a mild respiratory infection. The nurse observes Koplik's spots on the oral mucosa. After seeing this, the nurse next inspects:


•Koplik's spots are a prodromal sign of rubeola (measles) that appear 2-3 days before the measles rash. They are small, clustered, white lesions on the oral mucosa near the back molars.

•The nurse would next check the skin for signs of maculopapular rash to support the diagnosis.

•Koplik's spots are often not seen because they may disappear within one day, but when seen they allow prompt and early treatment.

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