I’m a doctor – this is how you can tell if your child’s rash is really monkeypox

INFECTION from monkeypox is spreading worldwide and Brits have been warned to keep an eye out for rashes and lesions.

A child in London has been known to have contracted the disease, and many parents are now worried about the tracks their children are using to get home.

Monkeypox is rare in children - but it can still be transmitted from adults to children

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Monkeypox is rare in children – but it can still be transmitted from adults to childrenPhoto credit: Getty
The rash appears after other symptoms, such as a headache and fever. The graph above shows the different stages of the rash from early infection to when the scab falls off

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The rash appears after other symptoms, such as a headache and fever. The graph above shows the different stages of the rash from early infection to when the scab falls offCredit: PA

Monkeypox is a mild disease that gets better with time and in very rare cases can be fatal.

It is most prevalent in parts of west or central Africa, but cases have now been detected worldwide.

Now a doctor has shown how you can tell if your child’s rash is really monkeypox — or if it’s something else entirely.

dr David Porter, adviser on pediatric infectious diseases at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said parents shouldn’t worry about their children having monkeypox as cases are rare in young people.

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So far, 71 cases of the virus have been detected in the UK after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) revealed 14 more infections last night.

A child in London is in intensive care and symptoms are believed to be the same in adolescents as in adults.

dr Porter said parents should have peace of mind to follow what they would normally do if their child has a rash — unless a child has been known to have been in contact with someone with the condition.

“As a parent with a child who could get a rash, I think parents shouldn’t be worried at this stage that it’s … monkeypox because we’re seeing a very low number of cases.

“And in all previous outbreaks that have occurred outside of Africa in recent years, we have seen a very rare number of cases in children, so mostly adults anyway.

“And with no history of contact with anyone known or strongly suspected of having monkeypox, and then if you get a rash at this time of year when we’ve seen a lot of rashes of chickenpox and other things in children, hand, foot and mouth disease , then it probably is,” he explained.

When it comes to the difference between skin rashes, it’s the symptoms that lie alongside the disease that are different.

If your child is more likely to have chickenpox than monkeypox, they will also experience aches and pains as well as a loss of appetite, which is not a key symptom of monkeypox.

The rashes are similar, but a chickenpox rash usually looks more inflamed and is harder to see on darker skin.

The hand, foot, and mouth symptoms are similar to chickenpox, but differ from monkeypox in that patients usually have mouth ulcers that also appear on the tongue.

IN DANGER

As parents, medical professionals say that adults are more likely to get the disease than children.

So, as with any disease, if you get it and care for your little one, there’s a chance you’ll pass it on to your child.

dr Susan Hopkins, a senior medical adviser to the UKHSA, said the disease is “relatively mild” in adults, with young children believed to be more at risk.

Initial symptoms are usually “non-specific,” said Dr. Hopkins, and are like “a viral disease”.

A chickenpox-like rash later spreads to parts of the body.

The rash usually affects the face, hands, and arms, but can also spread to the genital area.

“It starts as red patches and moves to blisters — these are blister-like lesions that are a bit like chickenpox,” said Dr. Hopkins.

“They crust over, and once the scabs fall off, they’re no longer contagious.”

Medical professionals say the mortality rate among children is between 1 and 15 percent.

People who have been infected with monkeypox usually show symptoms five to 21 days after the initial infection.

Most often, children have the same symptoms as adults.

If you think your little one is unwell, you should always see a doctor.

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The NHS says the first signs of the disease are:

  1. High temperature
  2. headache
  3. Muscle cramp
  4. back pain
  5. swollen glands
  6. tremors (chills)
  7. exhaustion

They added that a rash usually appears one to five days after symptoms appear.

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