Self lim­it­ing

Weekly Trust - - News -

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.”

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