Monkeypox, or mpox, is a rare viral disease. An itchy or painful rash can be a symptom of monkeypox, along with fever and other flu-like symptoms.
Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, results from the monkeypox virus and is primarily present in certain parts of Africa. However, health officials have reported cases elsewhere in the world, particularly recently.
While mpox is a rare illness, it is important to be aware of the symptoms, especially if a person is planning to travel to areas where the virus is prevalent.
This article looks at itching as a symptom of mpox, other symptoms, and more.
Mpox can cause a rash that
An mpox rash can affect a person’s:
Symptoms of mpox usually start
This section looks at some pictures of an mpox rash.
As the rash progresses, the bumps may become fluid-filled blisters. A person may only have one or two blisters, which may be clear or contain pus and may be painful to the touch.
The blisters will crust and form scabs, eventually falling off to reveal new skin underneath.
Many different skin conditions can cause itching. As mpox is rare, itchy skin may have a different cause.
Some common examples include:
- atopic dermatitis, or eczema
- insect bites or stings
- contact dermatitis
- dry skin
- fungal infections, such as ringworm or athlete’s foot
- hives, or urticaria
- heat rash, or miliaria
This is not an exhaustive list, as many other skin conditions can cause itching.
If a person is experiencing persistent or severe itching, it is important to contact a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Other symptoms of mpox can include swollen lymph nodes, red eyes, and a sore throat.
Additionally, individuals can acquire mpox through contact with animals. Bites and scratches from an animal carrying the infection can cause mpox.
If a person experiences any of these symptoms or has come into contact with mpox, they should contact a doctor.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about mpox and itching.
Does monkeypox itch like mosquito bites?
Yes, an mpox rash
The intensity of the itching may vary from person to person and may depend on the severity of the rash.
How do you know if a rash is monkeypox?
An mpox rash usually develops following a fever. This is how a person can tell if the rash may be mpox-related.
An mpox rash may be itchy and painful and begin as small raised bumps that look similar to pimples.
If a person has had known contact with any individual or animal with mpox and displays symptoms, they may have contracted the illness.
The main symptoms of mpox include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to other body parts.
The rash typically progresses from raised bumps to fluid-filled blisters and eventually scabs over.
It is important to seek medical attention if a person thinks they may have mpox.