Monkeypox: People get confused as skin rash and fever are common symptoms of both monkeypox and chickenpox. They are confused because they don’t understand what virus has infected them. However, doctors revealed that the symptoms of both viral diseases differ in the way they manifest in patients. It is also advised to consult a doctor to clear doubts.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms similar to those previously seen in smallpox patients, but is clinically less severe. During the rainy season, people are more prone to viral infections. During this time more cases of chickenpox are seen, which present symptoms like rash and nausea along with other infections, said Dr. Ramanjit Singh, visiting consultant, dermatology, Medanta Hospital. Dr. Ramanjit Singh revealed that due to this situation, some patients are getting confused and are misunderstanding monkeypox and chickenpox. He stated that one can understand whether one has monkeypox or not by the symptoms.
Further explaining that monkeypox usually starts with fever, malaise, headache, sometimes sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, all these symptoms appear four days before skin lesions, rash and other problems. The eyes spread to the whole body. In case of monkeypox, there are other symptoms besides the skin. But it is always better to consult a doctor to clear any doubts. Two recent suspected cases of monkeypox turned out to be chickenpox.
Last week Loknaik was admitted to Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital in Delhi for monkeypox test. In this background, when the doctors examined the man, it was diagnosed that he was suffering from chicken pox. Recently, an Ethiopian citizen in Bangalore was tested for monkeypox symptoms and was diagnosed with chickenpox. Four cases of monkeypox have been reported in India so far. Three cases of monkeypox have been reported in Kerala and one in Delhi. A man died of monkeypox on Sunday. It is known that a 22-year-old youth died in Kerala’s Thrissur district.
Dr. Satish Kaul, director of internal medicine at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, revealed that monkeypox has larger lesions than chickenpox. In monkeypox, lesions appear on the palms and soles. In chicken pox, the lesions appear as blisters or blisters on the skin and are itchy. Dr. Satish Kaul said that in monkeypox, the fever lasts for a long time. Such a patient has enlarged lymph nodes.
Batra Hospital Medical Director Dr. SC L Gupta explained about the virus that causes chickenpox. Chickenpox is a ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus and is not very serious. But it also causes rashes on the skin. Stating that this is the season of chickenpox, he said that generally, this humidity, rise in temperature, stagnant water, dampness and wet clothes all lead to the growth of the virus during the rainy season. Also, there is a religious aspect to this disease. It was also revealed that such patients are not treated with any medicine as people look upon it as a ‘god’. He says they will be isolated and given time to heal. Talking about monkeypox, he said that this virus is transmitted by animals.
“The main symptom of this virus is a rash that contains fluids inside the body. This leads to viral infection, which weakens the body’s immunity. But its complexity creates problems. Blisters occur if any bacterial infection occurs. Monkeypox is currently in its early stages. We are just following isolation method. Suspected patients are treated according to their symptoms. If there is a throat infection, we usually use generic medicines.” He disclosed. Doctors also receive questions about whether a patient with previous chickenpox infection is susceptible to monkeypox. But the answer is no.
Both chickenpox and monkeypox are caused by different viruses, said Rajinder Kumar, senior doctor at BLK Max Hospital in Delhi. The method of transmission is different. But he emphasized that those who had received the smallpox vaccination were less likely to contract monkeypox.
“The smallpox vaccine was stopped after the World Health Organization (WHO) said the disease had been completely eradicated in 1979-80. People born before 1980 who received the smallpox vaccine are less likely to get monkeypox. Both smallpox and monkeypox are caused by viruses from the same family.” Dr. Rajinder Kumar Singhal said.