Distinguish monkey smallpox nodules from other skin diseases
Experts have pointed out a number of conditions that are easily confused with monkey smallpox.
The first is the phenomenon of impetigo.
This is a bacterial skin infection, with scaly vesicles on top.
This is followed by a fungal infection, which causes the skin to blister.
Fungal infections often cause pink scaly rashes, which sometimes cause the skin to blister.
Syphilis is also easily confused with monkeypox, because the rashes are quite similar in shape.
Other viral diseases such as herpes, varicella (chickenpox virus), foot and mouth disease are all common diseases that have a rash similar to monkeypox.
The characteristic skin symptoms of monkeypox are redness, vesicles, pustules with swollen lymph nodes.