Shingles and monkeypox: How to tell the difference – the different symptoms to spot

GB News: Tempers flare over monkeypox 'hysteria'

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Despite the concern around monkeypox, it is important to note three key points.

Firstly, this is not another coronavirus; there will be no large-scale restrictions implemented.

Secondly, the west African variant is the least deadly and most treatable form of the condition.

Thirdly, the UK has seen monkeypox before and as a result of Covid, is hyper-attentive to any new cases or mutations in the virus.

However, this doesn’t mean one should write monkeypox off.

One issue rising to the surface is monkeypox’s similarity in appearance to another infection, shingles.

The main similarity is both cause a painful rash.

While shingles causes a reddish rash, the one caused by monkeypox leads to spots that become filled with fluid and pus.

Despite this difference, conspiracy theories are still spreading like said rash across the internet.

Subsequently, the fact checking site Full Fact has sought to inform the public about some theories which aren’t true.

One of these is that the monkeypox virus is being caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

The simple answer is it isn’t.

In a statement Full Fact said: “The MHRA has told Full Fact there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause shingles or monkeypox.”

Symptoms of monkeypox include:
• A high temperature
• Headache
• Muscle aches
• Backache
• Swollen glands
• Shivering
• Rash
• Exhaustion.

The NHS say the symptoms normally clear up in a few weeks.

The same applies to shingles; simples of the condition that can arise are:

  • A tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin
  • A headache or feeling generally unwell
  • Rash.

Meanwhile, as a precaution the UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Security Agency) has said those diagnosed with monkeypox should self-isolate for three weeks.

As patients self-isolate, governments around the world are buying doses of the smallpox vaccine.

Research has shown the smallpox vaccine is highly effective at reducing the transmission of monkeypox.

Governments are buying up doses of the vaccine as a contingency measure in case monkeypox cases rise further.

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