Are monkeypox scars permanent?

Monkeypox is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a viral zoonotic infection, meaning that it can spread from animals to humans and person to person as well. Monkeypox is most similar to smallpox, the two viruses are from the orthopoxviral family. There is a high chance of having permanent scarring from monkeypox.

Monkeypox can result in keloid scars. A Keloid scar is an enlarged, raised scar that is often pink, red skin-coloured or darker than the surrounding skin. Keloids are irregular in shape and can typically be found on the earlobes, shoulders, cheeks, or chest. Monkeypox sufferers with darker skin may also experience hyperpigmentation once the lesions have healed, in addition to possible keloid scarring. Fortunately, most scars are treatable.

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