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New symptoms of monkeypox include rectal pain and penis swelling

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According to statistics, so far 5,811 cases of monkeypox have been registered in the United States, with New York, Florida and California ahead in the count of infected people. This has raised alarms across the country as well as the detection of new symptoms of monkeypox such as rectal pain and penis swelling

Symptoms of monkeypox usually include sore throat, headache, fever, extreme tiredness, runny nose, and cough. However, in recent weeks new symptoms that affect men have come to light. Find out more about them!

3. Rectal pain

Person holding buttocks with rectal pain

Rectal pain is one of the new symptoms of monkeypox that has been reported by patients as an unpleasant sensation that can become incapacitating. In cases where patients report other discomforts, it is recommended that doctors perform specific tests to rule out the presence of this virus.

According to experts studying monkeypox, rectal, oral, or genital lesions may result from direct contact, usually sexually, with a virus-carrying patient.

2. Penis swelling


Faced with the appearance of new symptoms related to monkeypox, doctors advise isolating for three weeks and avoiding any type of physical contact or sexual intercourse with another person as this considerably increases the risk of severe pain in the genital area.

Some men who have been exposed to monkeypox have reported that the pain from the swollen penis is «excruciating» and is usually accompanied by other disturbing symptoms such as lesions in the genital area.

1. Oral lesions

swollen lips with pain

There are increasing reports of patients with monkeypox suffering from oral and mucous membrane lesions, although the incidence appears to be more prevalent in immunocompromised persons.

The good news is that, so far, symptoms such as rectal pain, penile swelling, and oral lesions do not appear to increase the risk of death or hospitalization in people infected with monkeypox.

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