How do I know if my rash is monkeypox?

Monkeypox rash may look like blisters or bumps on your skin, and are often painful and occasionally itchy. The CDC describes the blisters as lesions that are “firm or rubbery, well-circumscribed, deep-seated, and often develop umbilication (resembles a dot on the top of the lesion).”  

  • Lesions often are found on or near the genitals or anus  
  • May also occur on or near the mouth, face, hands, feet, or chest   
  • The rash may be only in one area or appear in multiple areas   
  • There may be one lesion or multiple lesions   

A diagnosis of monkeypox is confirmed by swabbing the skin lesions and awaiting test results.

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