Monkeypox can result in keloid scars. A Keloid scar is an enlarged, raised scar that is often pink, red skin-coloured or darker than the surrounding skin. There is a high chance of having permanent scarring from monkeypox.
Monkeypox has been increasing rapidly and turning out to be a big threat. In India, a 22-year-old man died in Kerala with monkeypox symptoms and the government has ordered a probe. The viral disease may not be as deadly as Covid-19 for the general public, but so far, it has infected over 16,000 people across 75 countries and caused five deaths in Africa. Let’s understand what is monkeypox before jumping into whether it’s scars are permanent or not.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a viral zoonotic infection, meaning that it can spread from animals to humans and person to person as well. Monkeypox is most similar to smallpox, the two viruses are from the orthopoxviral family. Before the 2022 outbreak, nearly all monkeypox cases were found outside Africa-where some rodents and non-human primates potentially carry the virus- were tied to international travel and imported animals.
Are monkeypox scars permanent?
There is a high chance of having permanent scarring from monkeypox. Monkeypox can result in keloid scars. A Keloid scar is an enlarged, raised scar that is often pink, red skin-coloured or darker than the surrounding skin. Keloids are irregular in shape and can typically be found on the earlobes, shoulders, cheeks, or chest.
Monkeypox sufferers with darker skin may also experience hyperpigmentation once the lesions have healed, in addition to possible keloid scarring.
Fortunately, most scars are treatable. After analysing the type of skin, the treatment option for facial scars can be planned.Keloid scars are also treatable, by means of steroid injections, application of steroid-impregnated or silicone gel sheeting, and even freezing early keloid scars with liquid nitrogen to stop them from growing.