Monkeypox rash symptoms include pimples or blisters often located on or near the genitals or anus. Find out what to do if you think you have monkeypox.
Monkeypox rash symptoms include pimples or blisters that can be painful or itchy and often are located on or near the genitals or anus, according to health care providers.
In addition to the groin area, a monkey pox rash can break out on the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth.
“We have a lot of worried patients who are coming into our practices,” said Angela Burgan, R.N., Infection Preventionist with Norton Medical Group. “People have rashes and lesions for a variety of reasons, so our providers really have to get into that information with the patient about their level of exposure to infected individuals.”
Monkeypox is spread by close contact, often skin-to-skin. That includes sexual contact as well as kissing, hugging or massage. The virus also can spread on surfaces, bedding, towels and other objects used by someone with monkeypox. Respiratory droplets also can be a source of infection, though most cases appear to spread by close contact.
Some people with monkeypox will get a rash followed by other symptoms, but some will have just a rash.
If you think you may have monkeypox, either because of a new and unexplained rash or other symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following steps:
- Avoid close contact, including sex or being intimate with anyone, until you have been checked out by a health care provider.
- If you don’t have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you.
- When you see a health care provider, wear a mask.
“Most patients are not acutely ill. Unless you’re having signs and symptoms of distress, the emergency room wouldn’t be appropriate,” Angela said.
Monkeypox rash symptoms usually start less than three weeks after virus exposure and a few days after developing flu-like symptoms. Monkeypox lasts up to four weeks until the rash has healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.
Monkeypox symptoms also can include:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Respiratory complaints (sore throat, congestion, cough)