ATLANTA, G.A, August x, 2022 — The non-profit organization Stop HIV Atlanta provides queer-centric and no-judgment resources to mitigate the HIV crisis in Atlanta. As a part of its sex-positive and accessible mission to arm at-risk individuals with resources, Stop HIV Atlanta seeks to deliver information that may aid those experiencing the symptoms of a monkeypox diagnosis. Because there are currently no approved treatments specifically for monkeypox, home remedies may help alleviate some of the symptoms of an infection.
Stop HIV Atlanta aims to deliver the most current information about monkeypox and the methods to alleviate discomfort. However, we recommend speaking to a physician or medical professional, if possible, for medical advice. We also recommend getting vaccinated against monkeypox if you are eligible. Medical professionals may also be able to prescribe antiviral medication if necessary. Please use caution and discretion when employing home remedies. If your symptoms worsen or you develop unusual symptoms (such as trouble breathing or seizures), please seek immediate medical attention.
Read below to learn more about accessible ways those who have tested positive can minimize symptoms and alleviate discomfort.
Relieving Flu-Like Symptoms
A monkeypox infection can cause common flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, chills, muscle aches, and more. These symptoms can be treated through self-care methods and over-the-counter medication.
Staying home, resting, hydrating, and sleeping can help alleviate symptoms such as fatigue and fevers. Additionally, warm baths can help release the tension created by muscle aches.
If you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed on common pain relievers and fever reducers, OTC medications can help manage symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, and fevers. Two of these medications are ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Relieving Rash, Lesion, and Scab Discomfort
Rashes, lesions, and scabs due to a monkeypox infection can be uncomfortable and painful. They go through different stages of healing, from bumps and pus-filled blisters to scabs. Direct contact with these rashes is one of the major ways of transmitting the monkeypox virus, so you should isolate or limit your contact with others to minimize the risk of infecting others.
These scabs can lead to major discomfort, but there are ways to relieve the pain. You can soak in a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal for some relief. Another way to protect yourself and others is to cover the lesions with some bandages or gauzes. If covering them is not uncomfortable, protecting your lesions with a bandage can prevent them from popping, getting hurt, or overall exposure. Since there may be several parts of your body with rashes, you can choose which areas to prioritize.
About Stop HIV Atlanta:
Stop HIV Atlanta is a non-profit organization offering educational resources to prevent the propagation of HIV in disproportionately affected communities. We provide inclusive, zero-judgment information and resources to those seeking access to HIV services in Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Cobb Counties. The testing, prevention (PrEP), and treatment resources we refer to interested parties are always confidential and secure. Learn more about our mission and services by visiting www.stophivatl.org or emailing us at [email protected].