HomeHealthA graphic photo shows the crusted, discolored nose of a severe monkeypox patient, taken days after a red pimple was misdiagnosed as a sunburn
A graphic photo shows the crusted, discolored nose of a severe monkeypox patient, taken days after a red pimple was misdiagnosed as a sunburn
August 18, 2022
Severe monkey pox caused the nasal tissue of a man with undiagnosed AIDS to die, according to a report.
A red spot, mistaken for sunburn, turned into dead tissue within three days.
This post contains a graphic of the man’s nose.
According to a report, Monkeypox caused a man’s nasal tissue to die days after it was mistaken for sunburn.
The unnamed man in his forties initially went to a GP with a red spot on the tip of his nose, which was diagnosed as a sunburn. Within three days, the site had turned to dead tissue, doctors from Germany wrote in the report published Monday in the medical journal Infection.
The man also had monkeypox lesions on his penis and in his mouth, according to the report.
Since May, 39,047 people have contracted monkeypox in countries where it is not endemic, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. The disease usually causes painful boils that resolve within four weeks.
Tests showed that the man – who had not previously had a sexually transmitted disease – had undiagnosed syphilis and HIV that had progressed to AIDS, causing a severely weakened immune system.
“This case illustrates the potential severity of monkeypox infection in the context of severe immunosuppression and untreated HIV infection,” the doctors wrote.
Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, UK, told MailOnline that smallpox, a relative of monkeypox, can cause tissue death – known as necrosis – in the sebaceous glands, which are found in the skin on the nose and face. .
Given “the very similar disease pattern in monkeypox,” it’s likely that this would also occur in severe cases of the virus, he said.
After a week of treatment with Tecovirimat or TPOXX — a smallpox tablet that can be used for monkey pox — and medications for HIV and syphilis, doctors said the man’s skin lesions dried out and his nose became less swollen.