Does Monkeypox damage our brain?

Monkeypox is a virus that is spreading rapidly around the world. Due to the coronavirus, now due to the outbreak of monkeypox, there has been increased concern among the people.

Emergency measures have also been initiated to control the outbreak. Although monkeypox is not believed to be a serious infection, the recent new symptoms have added to the fear.

Fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, and headache are the classical symptoms of monkeypox, which can range from mild to severe.

In addition to the hands, feet and face, the rash that occurs in monkeypox is also occurring in the throat, genital and rectal, which is very painful. Also, according to some recent samples, monkeypox can prove to be fatal, in some patients it has seen complications like encephalitis, seizures, and long-term disability.

Serious complications associated with monkeypox

Classical symptoms of monkeypox include rash and fever but have rarely been associated with neurological complications such as confusion, dizziness, and coma.

In e-Clinical Medicine, 19 studies were recently documented in which 1512 participants took part and 1053 of them were found to be positive.

The study showed that patients who were battling monkeypox experienced symptoms such as encephalitis (a form of inflammation and swelling of the brain), seizures and confusion. Such neurological complications can lead to long-term disability.

Effects of monkeypox on brain and mental health

According to medical experts, signs of mental health disease have been seen in monkeypox patients. However, it is not clear why this is happening.

Studies conducted in Western countries have shown results in poor mood, anxiety and depression after infection with monkeypox.

Experts agree that large multicentre international trials are needed to understand the epidemiology and pathophysiology behind the neurological and psychiatric effects of this rare viral disease.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

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