IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MONKEYPOX
Public Health recommends that you speak to your primary care provider.
If you do not have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 for assistance. In addition, people that have developed a rash can access services at Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics.
Current Situation in LA County
Public Health is continuing to investigate and conduct contact tracing. For any close contact, Public Health will monitor and coordinate post-exposure prevention for close contacts, as needed.
The risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low based on the information available.
Symptoms usually start 5-21 days after exposure
Most people recover in 2-4 weeks
How do you test for monkeypox?
If you have a rash that might be due to monkeypox, your health provider will evaluate you and, based on their assessment, may swab your rash for testing. The swabs are sent to a lab, and the test result should be available in a few days. There are no self-tests or home tests for monkeypox at this time.
Until you know you don’t have monkeypox, it is important to follow monkeypox isolation instructions.
How is monkeypox treated?
Many people with monkeypox have a mild illness and recover without any antiviral treatment. This usually takes 2 to 4 weeks. There are no FDA approved medicines to specifically treat monkeypox. But an FDA approved antiviral medicine used to treat smallpox called tecovirimat (or TPOXX) can be used to treat people with monkeypox. TPOXX can be given to people with severe monkeypox, including lesions in sensitive areas or pain that is not controlled with over-the-counter remedies. It can also be given to people who are more likely to get severely ill. Learn more at CDC Patient’s Guide to Monkeypox Treatment with TPOXX.
If you have monkeypox, your doctor can also prescribe non-monkeypox medicines that can help reduce pain and irritation from the rash or sores. For information on how to manage your symptoms, visit the CDC webpage What to Do If You Are Sick.
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