Actor Matt Ford has become the first American with a monkeypox infection to go public on social media. Through Twitter and TikTok, Ford has been sharing his experience of the disease and creating awareness to not take it for granted and get vaccinated timely.
On June 17, Ford contacted it from a friend who had monkeypox. In a recent interview with Self magazine, he has talked in detail about the painful symptoms he experienced.
Symptoms he experienced
Ford first noticed some spots in the underwear area. They resembled pimples or ingrown hairs at first, but looked a little different. The next day, he experienced intense flu-like symptoms including fever, full-body chills, and cough.
Over that weekend, he was sweating profusely and the spots started appearing on other parts of the body as well, including his face.
In the next few days, the lesions in the sensitive part of the body and the underwear zone became really painful, so much so that he couldn’t sleep. It was a dull, chronic pain that became intense with any sudden movements. On the other hand, the spots that continued to appear in body parts outside of the initially infected area were not painful, but still itchy and irritating.
Apart from the medication, he shared that the doctor also recommended using Vaseline on any painful lesions, which proved to be helpful.
About his monkey pox recovery
It is after about two weeks that Ford feels almost completely back to normal. The flu-like symptoms are completely gone, and the spots are still left. Fortunately, most of the spots have become pustules and are scabbed over. Still, he can find new spots that have popped up even in these final recovery days. He shared that in total, he has counted more than 25 lesions all over his body.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends certain measures to prevent monkeypox infection. It is recommended to not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox. Avoid skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, such as kissing, hugging, cuddling or having sex. Do not touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of the sick person as you may catch the infection. If there is a patient at your house, make sure you wash your hands regularly and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A person who is sick with monkeypox should isolate themselves in a separate room at home.