Monkeypox Testing in Boca Raton, FL
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection. Some of the major symptoms of monkeypox are fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and backache, headache, and respiratory symptoms. If you are experiencing these symptoms, visit Boca Medical Care and get yourself tested for monkeypox. Call now for More info! walk-ins are welcome or request an appointment. Boca Medical Care is conveniently located at 9250 Glades Rd #110 Boca Raton, FL 33434.
Table of Contents:
How do you get monkeypox?
What does monkey pox look like at the beginning?
When should you get tested for monkeypox?
How can you protect yourself from monkeypox?
Is there a cure for monkeypox?
Monkeypox is an infection that is instigated by the monkeypox virus. This virus usually infects rats, mice, and monkeys. As you probably know, it also infects people. It typically occurs in Central and West Africa. This has changed due to international travel and the importation of animals from that region.
The Centers for Disease Control monitors cases worldwide, particularly in areas that do not commonly have monkeypox. In 2022, monkeypox affected people thought out the world including the United States and Europe.
The monkeypox virus is the cause of monkeypox. This virus spreads from close contact with an animal or person who is infected. It can also spread through materials handled by an infected person, such as a blanket.
The monkeypox virus spreads from one person to the next through:
• Direct contact with scabs, bodily fluids, or rashes of an infected person.
• Extended close contact with respiratory drops from an infected person.
• Sexual contact with an infected person.
• Blankets, clothes, sheets, or materials that have been in contact with bodily fluids, or rashes of an infected person.
• An infected person can share the monkeypox virus with a fetus.
Monkeypox can spread from an animal to a person through:
• Bites or scratches
• Products made from infected animals
• Wild game that has been cooked for food
• Direct contact with rashes or bodily fluids of animals infected with monkeypox.
If you have become infected with monkeypox, you will start to see symptoms anywhere from 5 to 21 days after the exposure. These symptoms will last from 2 to 4 weeks. The symptoms include:
• Skin rash
• Swollen lymph nodes
You will generally start with a fever followed by a skin rash. The rash will usually start on the face, hands, or feet. It can extend to other parts of your body. The rash will go through stages, starting as flat spots that turn into blisters. The blisters will fill with pus and scab, and then fall off.
If you think that you have been exposed to monkeypox it is recommended that you monitor your health for 3 weeks. The typical incubation period is 1 to 2 weeks, but it might take as long as 3 weeks for symptoms to appear. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and contact your doctor for further advice. Your doctor will inform you about whether you need to be tested.
There are some steps you can take to prevent getting monkeypox.
1. Avoid close contact with someone who has rashes that look like monkeypox rash.
2. Avoid contact with materials that an infected person has used.
3. Wash your hands frequently.
4. Get vaccinated! The Jynneos vaccine has been approved for the prevention of monkeypox and smallpox.
Treatment for monkeypox is usually focused on alleviating symptoms. This is usually drinking enough fluids and taking something for the pain. It is best to isolate away from family and pets at home until the rash and scabs are healed.
There isn’t a specific treatment for monkeypox that has been approved. Some healthcare providers may use antiviral drugs for smallpox to treat monkeypox. If this isn’t effective, other actions may be taken.
If you think that you may have been exposed to monkeypox and are showing symptoms, Boca Medical Care can help. We have experience in treating fevers and infections. If you are looking to prevent monkeypox, we have vaccines available, as well. You can call to make an appointment, or walk into our clinic at 9250 Glades Rd #110 Boca Raton, FL 33434. We serve patients from Boca Raton FL, Deerfield Beach FL, Pompano Beach FL, Coral Springs FL, Delray Beach FL, Parkland FL, Boynton Beach FL, and Fort Lauderdale FL.