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Monkeypox & skin scarring treatment


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MONKEYPOX: WHAT IS IT:

🦠 Causes an illness similar to the flu with a pimple-like rash

🦠 The less deadly cousin of smallpox

🦠 Less infectious than Covid19

🦠 It spreads via inhaling droplets / touching the rash

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SYMPTOMS:

🦠 The skin rash = solid bumps that can fill with fluid, then crust over with possible scarring

🦠 Other symptoms = Fever, fatigue, cough and swollen lymph nodes

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MONKEYPOX TREATMENT & PREVENTION:

🦠 The smallpox vaccine is > 85% effective in preventing monkeypox

🦠 Avoid unprotected intercourse, wear a mask/gloves around infected persons/animal

🦠 Outside of Africa, it's common in MSM. But anyone can catch it, unrelated to sexual orientation

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After the monkeypox rash resolves, the skin can be left with lasting scars of different types.

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HOW TO TREAT SCARS

❗Here's a truth: scars are expensive and difficult to fade, and there's no easily affordable & instant solution for them. The best approach is to avoid & prevent scars all together❗

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DIVETED SCARS

⚕️In-office treatments such as microneedling, lasers or chemical peels work best to lift up diveted skin

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BUMPY SCARS

⚕️A series of steroid injection treatments work well

⚕️Other options: lasers, silicone gels

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DISCOLOURED SKIN

⚕️This can fade a little over time, but consider these options:

⚕️Hydroquinone under medical supervision

⚕️Other skincare ingredients: azeleic acid, kojic acid, tranexamic acid

⚕️Chemical peels

⚕️Lasers

⚕️Sunscreen to prevent worsening

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Most importantly, you can prevent/minimize scars by:

⚕️Getting the vaccine if you are high-risk

⚕️Protecting yourself by wearing gloves and a mask where needed

⚕️Treating the illness asap if it occurs

⚕️Avoid scratching the rash if you develop it

⚕️Following normal hygiene practices if you develop the rash

⚕️Applying vaseline to healing wounds

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Stay safe!

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