Monkeypox symptoms usually begin within three weeks of exposure to the virus. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks and knowing the symptoms and when to contact a healthcare professional can help.
People with monkeypox get a rash near or on their genitals including penis, testicles, labia, and vagina or anus and could be on other areas like hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. The rash will go through several stages including scabs before healing. The rash can look like pimples or blisters that may be painful or itchy. Other symptoms include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and backache, headache, and other respiratory symptoms such as a sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough. You might experience all or only a few symptoms.
A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash is fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Some people have been found to have an infection but no symptoms.
If you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms, avoid close contact including sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out by a healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider or health insurance, please visit us for an evaluation.
The MPox vaccine is highly effective but it takes time to provide the best protection with the best protection occurring about two weeks after the second dose. It may take longer for people living with HIV or those with a weakened immune system to have the best protection. We carry the Mpox vaccine at our office; call for an appointment.