Like many viral diseases, monkey pox is self limiting. Basically, it has no specific cure and potentially wears itself out, once it is discovered early on and treatment starts.
The treatment involves supportive care and management of the symptoms. In time patients recover. Five patients hospitalized in Bayelsa have recovered and been discharged from hospital, reports said Thursday.
But one concern remains-and it is cosmetic. It is fear for the sight of the rash that’s turned people to read about it-and turned others away from it entirely.
Halima Sadiya shudders to think of it. “I am afraid of monkey pox, because of how my skin would look. I can’t look at myself in the mirror,” the mother of one says.
There is one benefit to catching monkey pox. Successful treatment confers immunity, which basically renders a patient immune in case of future outbreaks.
“There is no serious aftermath apart from one, and it is aesthetic,” says Ihekweazu.
“You stay with the scars of the rash for quite a while. If you are a child, it is most likely they will disappear with time. As an adult it is a little bit more tricky. So the biggest challenge is the appearance problem, so it is something we have take very serious, because it leads to stigma. We have to support patients, assure them that even if there is some scarring on their faces, there is no longstanding physical outcome to worry about.”