Story by: Norton Children's on August 11, 2022
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.
If you are concerned about symptoms or possible exposure to Monkeypox, use MyNortonChart to set up an eCare video visit with a Norton Heathcare provider.
“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:
Our Norton eCare telehealth providers are your first stop if you suspect monkeypox.
“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: