Monkeypox vs Chickenpox: Skin rashes and fever, common symptoms of both monkeypox and chickenpox, have caused confusion among people. However, doctors say that there is a difference in the way the symptoms of both the viral diseases appear in the patients. He has advised to consult doctors for the removal of any doubts. Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (animal-to-human disease) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in patients with smallpox, although it is less clinically severe.
Don’t understand chickenpox as monkeypox: Dr. Ramanjit Singh, Visiting Consultant, Dermatology, Medanta Hospital, said that during the rainy season, people are more prone to viral infections and during this time, chickenpox cases are largely seen along with other infections which have symptoms like rashes and nausea. also appear. Singh said, “Due to this condition, some patients are getting confused and mistaking chickenpox as monkeypox. The patient can determine whether he has monkeypox by understanding its sequence and onset of symptoms.
Take advice of doctors: He said monkeypox usually begins with fever, malaise, headache, sometimes sore throat and cough, and lymphadenopathies (swelling of lymph nodes) and all these symptoms appear up to four days before skin sores, rashes and other problems. Symptoms that start mainly from the hands and eyes and spread throughout the body. Other experts also agree and say that apart from the skin, there are other symptoms in case of monkeypox, but it is always better to consult a doctor to clear any doubts. Recently, in some cases, two suspected cases of monkeypox turned out to be chickenpox.
People’s confusion: A suspected patient of monkeypox, who was admitted to Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jaiprakash (LNJP) Hospital last week with fever and sores, was not confirmed to have the infection, but was found to be chickenpox. Similarly, after showing some symptoms in an Ethiopian citizen who went to Bangalore, the investigation confirmed chickenpox. So far four cases of monkeypox have been reported in India. Of these, three have come from Kerala and one case from Delhi.
Difference between monkeypox and chickenpox: Dr. Satish Kaul, Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, said, “The lesions in monkeypox are larger than in smallpox. In monkeypox, sores appear on the palms and soles. The lesions in smallpox tend to swell on their own after seven to eight days, but this is not the case in monkeypox. In chickenpox, itching is felt in the wound. There is no itching in the wound of monkeypox.
Dr. SCL Gupta, Medical Director of Batra Hospital, said about the virus that causes chickenpox, that chickenpox is RNA virus which is not so serious but it also causes skin rashes. Gupta said, “It is chickenpox season. Usually during monsoon there is moisture, rise in temperature, water logging, moisture and wet clothes, all these lead to the development of virus. There is also a religious aspect. People consider it as coming to ‘Mother’ and hence such patients are not treated with any kind of medicines. They are kept in isolation and wait for their recovery.
Regarding monkeypox, Gupta said that such a virus requires an ‘animal host’ (animal carrier of the virus), but it is limited with sore throat, fever and common virus symptoms. He said, “The main symptom of this virus is such rashes on the body which have fluid inside. This leads to viral infection which weakens the body’s immunity. But, problems arise because of its complexity.
In case of throat infection, we use generic medicines only. So, here it is a matter of treatment based on disease.” Doctors have also been asked questions such as whether chickenpox infection in the past protects the patient from monkeypox, the answer to which is no. Dr. Rajinder Kumar Singhal, Senior Director and Head of Department, Internal Medicine, BLK Max Hospital, New Delhi, said that both are caused by different viruses, the mode of transmission is different, and previous infections do not ensure any protection against new ones. does.